AnaMary Bilbao is a Portuguese-Spanish artist born in Sintra (Greater Lisbon, Portugal) in 1986.


In 2019 Bilbao was nominated for the 13th Edition of EDP Foundation’s New Artists Award (Portugal), she was one of the recipients of a mixed grand from FCT (from Oct. 2015 and until Oct. 2019), which enabled her to do research field in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 2018, and also to be a researcher in the department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck - University of London (United Kingdom) during an academic year (2018-2019). In 2018 she was the recipient of D. Fernando II Visual Arts Award (Câmara Municipal de Sintra, Portugal) and in 2014 Bilbao was distinguished as "Young Visual Artist" by CPAI – Clube Português de Artes e Ideias (Portugal).


AnaMary Bilbao started working mainly with drawing and with a particular interest in the repetition of the same plastic procedures, testing the «visual equivalent of the ratio between remembrance and forgetfulness» and the «understanding of memory as a territory of reinvention of what once was.» (Ana Cachola, 2013) From 2016 onwards she begins to work with old negatives and photos that she finds in flea markets. Intervening directly on these surfaces, the final images comprise «a double gesture of erasure and creation». As Bruno Marchand continues to write about these recent pieces, «in the decaying space of the defaced image, there are no answers for the spectator, no comfort nor memory — only mirrors and ghosts in the perfect place of all projections.» (Bruno Marchand, 2018)


Currently, she articulates documentation from different sources (photography, drawing, sound, moving image). Her pieces go «beyond the archival, documental approach; she explores time and space as they change from a real, recognizable landscape to an abstract one (...) reshaping them as ars combinatoria, as pause for thought». Bilbao’s works try to materialize «our conscience of being finite — not as a fragment of, or a fully-rendered image, but transcending visual depiction.» (João Silvério, 2019) As the artist states, «the loss contained in the fissures and erasures of every image is only an opportunity; the gap that allows the space for doubt is the open space from where everything can emerge, because there is no truth beforehand, only connections, interruptions, and incompleteness - a piece can never end in itself.» (A.M.B., 2019)


She currently lives and works in Lisbon.


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