O tal do Simiema is a Portuguese-Brazilian multimedia artist based in Lisbon. Simiema is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer – CCO of the Brasil Mata Viva Program, to which he has dedicated more than a decade of work in environmental conservation. His artistic practice encompasses the operation, the complementarity and the conflict between vitality and existence.
since Sept. 2020 | Lisbon, PT
MArt Escola de Arte
June – Sept. 2020 | Lisbon, PT
Mitó Creative Site
Mention for "Tupã-tronik: Os deuses da chuva"
O Museu das Grandes Novidades
Collection of artworks
“I believe I can formulate an aesthetic based not on the idea of beauty, but on that of strength – taking, of course, the word strength in its abstract and scientific sense; for in its vulgar one, that would be, in a certain way, just a disguised form of beauty.”
Álvaro de Campos, “Apontamentos para uma estética não-aristotélica”, 1924)
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In the exploration of art as a practice, I have grown suspicious of beauty as a cathartic element in the aesthetic experience since such catharsis involves the mediation of the sensorial organs. In addition to the limitation of this possibility caused by physical disabilities, such an aesthetic apparatus is unable to advance among the possibilities opened by the specificities of neurodiversity.
About a century ago, Álvaro de Campos was opening an interesting path by proposing an aesthetic based on strength as opposed to that based on beauty. This is too contaminated by elements of a cultural order, such as racism and even ableism itself, and of a historical order, such as colonialism and the economic rules operating within the so-called “art market”.
However, the aesthetics of strength derives from the games of power and domination – gregarious or antigregarious – operating in the artist's practice of producing meaning through his work and in the subjectivity of the observer in his quest to supply his own lack of guidance.
It is also necessary to explore the category of vigor as a constituent element of vitality, which is a strength and its adjective of intensity. We can call it a vigorous work, just as we might call it beautiful, or, conversely, criticize the lack of vigor in it.
Through vigor, we are invited to think in terms of performance as opposed to aesthetics. The vigor allows us to establish criteria for evaluating the efficacy of a work of art, even when it does not find concrete manifestation in the form of an object. This efficacy is present in the work's ability to trigger and prompt a cathartic experience in the observer, connecting intention and guidance in a diachronic way. In this sense, any vigorous work of art is a form of manifesto.
"Born in Goiânia, in the heart of Brazil, o Tal do Simiema carries a bag of research and artistic productions. Based in Lisbon, he teaches art activism at MArt Escola de Arte and has the Portuguese capital as his second home and center of his artistic activities. He is, therefore, a Portuguese artist, but with Brazilian origins.
Multifaceted, he is also a poet and a visual artist. His poetry is still the artist's personal production, but his works are already spread across the globe and are present in countries such as Brazil, Portugal, Luxembourg, Austria and the United States. In addition to canvases and drawings, he is a lover of contemporary knitting, with a special affection for the “Espinho de Peixe” stitch, an almost forgotten Portuguese tradition.
In addition to the artist, there is also the activist. His biggest project is the creative direction of BMV - Brasil Mata Viva, a conservationist and social practice movement, focused on the conservation of the planet's eco-system resources. Concerned about the environment and the social issues involved, he uses only sustainable materials with a low environmental impact, forming bright and striking fabrics and knits, causing the most diverse feelings.
O Tal do Simiema gradually became known to the public and shared his artistic and research baggage with the public. He has already participated in exhibitions in Lisbon and at the 2020 Guimarães noc noc festival, in addition to having permanent exhibitions and private collections.
Teacher, artist, director – with so many professions it is difficult to even define o Tal. Should you ask, the answer will be simple and direct: he is an activist. Study his works and you will notice that, in each brushstroke, there is a cry to draw attention to causes that range from environmentalism to human rights. It is as an activist that the greatest challenges of o Tal do Simiema exist. He uses the work of BMV to build the greatest work of art ever seen on the planet and which is in constant change: the planet.
If the pandemic has paralyzed artistic activities worldwide and confinement has caused a creative crisis in many people, for o Tal it has had the opposite effect. In fact, it was during the pandemic that o Tal decided to open his arms to the public and share his work. He is currently working on a new collection of artworks, named "The Museum of Great Novelties" and slated for release later this year. Until then, o Tal do Simiema can be seen at his first online exhibition in the context of his artistic residence at MArt Escola de Arte, starting from 31 March."