Curated: by Porto Femme Festival
Artists: Abril Xavier, Ana EFE, Cara Trancada, Helena Teixeira, Letícia Maia, Luiza Porto, Luísa Sequeira, Márcia Bellotti, Mónica Santos, Paula P. Rezende, Raquel Pereira, Thais de Menezes
Opening: September 07th, 18h00
Closing: September 17th


The singular of the body at the end will be plural: Bodies – Screens, Bodies – Fields; Bodies – Visions; Bodies – Feelings; Bodies – Voices; My body. Your body. Our Bodies. Bodies – Manifests.

Multiple looks at bodies materialized in different artistic expressions. Looking at Bodies by the artists who thus form a collective in which their works bring reflections on the subject.

We seek to be plural in the works and in the artists, also seeking a transfeminist and intersectional vision.

A collective exhibition around the theme Bodies that marks the 5th edition of the Porto Femme International Film Festival.



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The Artists


Abril Xavier

Abril Xavier, artist and trans proletarian, graduated from FBAUP. She works in various symbolic fields through the use of plural means, understanding bridges between identities.



Ana Efe

Ana Efe was born in Porto, Portugal in 1972. She lives and works in Porto, Portugal. Master of Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London Degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. She was an Erasmus Scholar at Coventry University, Coventry School of Art and Design, UK. She has exhibited since 1997 in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Austria. A transdisciplinary artist who has been developing work in the field of installation, photography, video and painting, approaching the theme of affect versus reason.


Cara Trancada

Cara Trancada is the alter-ego of Carolina, an illustrator and tattoo artist who, in late 2016, decided to create an erotic illustration project with the aim of questioning and demystifying taboos around sexuality and relationships. She seeks to represent the female body as a symbol of power and sexuality from a very own perspective and as a woman, portraying everyday themes through irony and some comedy, with the aim of breaking barriers and questioning stigmas around eroticism and sexuality.



Helena Teixeira 

Helena Teixeira (Porto, 1998) is a freelance artist in the field of photography and an activist in the fight for climate justice, participating in an intersectional way in other causes as well. He graduated in Audiovisual Communication Technologies at ESMAD in 2020. He is currently finishing the Master course in Artistic Photography at IPCI, and is training in photography and video technologies. Her practice tends towards a more introspective aspect, combining artistic expression with a path of self-knowledge and the search for a reconnection between being and (its) nature. He then reflects on his identity, while also exploring different forms of image creation.


Letícia Maia

LETÍCIA MAIA (Brazil. 1988) Lives between Brazil and Portugal. She is a Master’s student in Plastic Arts – Sculpture, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. She holds a BA in Communication of the Arts of the Body from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. Her artistic practice is situated in performance in transdisciplinary dialogue with sculpture, photography and video. She is interested in investigating issues related to the social construction of the body; especially with regard to the construction of gender, power relations, docility, behavior, control, normativity, subjection, submission, passivity, obedience and violence. In recent years, she has participated in festivals, shows, exhibitions and artistic residencies in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Portugal. She is one of the organizers of the Movediça Mostra de Performance art, which takes place annually since 2017 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.


Luiza Porto

Portuguese-Brazilian multidisciplinary visual artist born in 1983. She studied Cinema at Estácio de Sá, Editing and Editing at Darcy Ribeiro and Design at PUC-Rio. EAV Summer 2016 Scholarship at Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. She has been working since 2003 with illustration, motion graphics, animation and editing. In 2009, together with the artist Márcia Bellotti, she started the collaborative duo PORTO+BELLOTTI, where she develops contemporary art works that orbit between video, photography, sound objects and textile art. During 2015 and 2016 she participated in artistic residences in Portugal: “Arte Institute”, in Lisbon; “Pestana Cidadela Art District” in Cascais; and “Fundação Bienal de Cerveira”, in Vila Nova de Cerveira. Solo exhibitions: “Public and Private Parties”, CRU, Porto; “Cartographies of Absence”, CRU, Porto; “Essays on Intimacy”, MUTE, Lisbon; “;The Arbitrary Correspondence of Colors”;, MUTE, Lisbon. Group exhibitions include: “Fluido”;, video installation, Casa França-Brasil, RJ (Brazil); “Dark room”; video installation, Biennial of Experimental Art of Alcobaça; Daily Observations; video arts, Sound Art Occupation in Castelinho do Flamengo, RJ (Brazil).

She had short films and video arts screened at several international film festivals, namely:

“Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival”, Portugal; “FUSO Open Call”, Portugal; “Vienna Independent Shorts”, Austria; “Cinema Risk – Contemporary Experimental Brazil”, Cinemateca MAM, RJ, Brazil; “Festival Mix Brasil”; Brazil; “Leeds Queer Film Festival”, UK; “Feminist and Queer Int’l Film Festival”, Romania; “Peripheral Visions”, Brazil; ”Pride Pictures Lesbisch-Schwule Filmtage”; Germany; Meta Queerfest;, Belarus”; “Rio Festival of Gender and Sexuality”, Brazil; Brazil; “Fringe Queer Film and Arts Festival”, UK; “Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival”; USA; “Shows All Genres”, Itaú Cultural, Brazil; “Feminist Festival of Porto – Shorcutz” Portugal; North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival”; USA.


Luiza Porto & Márcia Bellotti

Collaborative duo of multidisciplinary artists. They have training in design, cinema, photography, music and visual arts. Scholarships in the EAVerão 2015 and 2016 study program at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. Márcia Bellotti has a master’s degree in Sound and Image with a specialization in Cinema and Audiovisual from UCP Porto, and Luiza Porto develops atelier work focused on contemporary art in engraving techniques and textile arts. Together they were selected for several artistic residencies.


Luísa Sequeira

Luísa Sequeira is a researcher, director and curator of cinema, working on different platforms, such as video, film and photography, exploring the intersections of cinema and emerging media. She studied journalism and has a specialization in documentary filmmaking, at the moment she is doing a PhD in Media Art. Luísa worked at RTP, coordinating and presenting several projects.



Mónica Santos

Mónica Santos is a multifaceted author with a unique artistic vision, creating universes that reinvent the real, giving them a poetic and surreal guise.

As a Gulbenkian grantee at the Royal College of Art, Mónica started taking her first steps in illustration and working with textiles as a plastic material.

After training as a textile designer, she founded this desire to work with this medium in the most varied ways, from costumes to prints.


Paula P Rezende

Self-taught artist started her artistic production in 2012 through Street Art, painting in the streets of Toronto and Montreal, CA and São Paulo, BR, but over time she expanded her art to other platforms such as: painting, sculpture and digital.

In her authorial work, she explores universes of feelings and sensations. With a playful visual language, sometimes surrealist and with simple features, it articulates social, personal and imaginary issues.

She has already done works and participated in exhibitions in Brazil, Canada, Italy, Germany and Portugal. It is currently possible to visit one of her murals in the arches of Rua da Restauração, Porto, PT.

Some of her work can be seen at: www.paulaprezende.com.br / instagram: @paulaprezende


Raquel Pereira (Simba)

Raquel Pereira (Simba) is an artist, who shoots essentially self-portraits. They currently live in Aveiro. They started in this aspect as a model, but it was quickly in the self-portrait that they found themselves, self-taught, passionate about creating art.

Likes to gather inspiration from everything they see, they characterize their art as strange, naked, emotional and artistic.


Thaís de Menezes

Thais de Menezes is Brazilian, currently living in Porto, taking a Master’s degree in Art History at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and graduated in Dance at Faculdade Angel Vianna (RJ). Her works move between performance and visual arts, which have already been presented at Sesc, Galeria Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro), Curitiba Biennial, MASP (São Paulo), Centro Cultural São Paulo, among others. Since 2012, she has worked with the collective Desdito with the philosopher Fabio de Oliveira, as well as establishing directing and curatorial partnerships with other artists such as Leandro Souza, Patricia Bergantin and Danilo Patzdorf. She is an invited artist and structuring member of the Extension Course Cinema in Colors at the Fluminense Federal University in Santo Antônio de Pádua and articulates the ATRAVESSA project in Porto in her studio, establishing research conditions for young artists. Establishing fissured dialectics between subject, choreography, genre, city, body, has been a recurring interest in her works with a decolonial contribution.