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

She studied Painting and Cinema / Moving image at Ar.Co, a Portuguese independent art school in Lisbon, and she is doing a PhD in Artistic Studies – Art and Mediations at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa and in the School of Arts at Birkbeck – University of London (Oct. 2015 - present).

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 in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 2018 and in London (England, United Kingdom), during an academic year (2018-2019), and also the recipient of the 2018 D. Fernando II Visual Arts Prize (Mu.Sa / CMS, Portugal). 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.» (A.C., 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.» (B.M., 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.» (J.S., 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)

Solo exhibitions include Lighted by a Searing Light at Travessa da Ermida (2019), O último brilho da estrela que morre [The last gleam of a dying star] at Uma Lulik__ (2018), Fallacious Memory at Caroline Pagès Gallery (2014) and Presente passado [Past present] at Boavista Gallery - EGEAC (2013).


Selected group shows: FOCUS, curated by João Ribas, Toronto Convention Centre (Toronto, 2019); EDP Foundation's New Artists Award, curated by Inês Grosso, João Silvério and Sara Antónia Matos at MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia (Lisbon, 2019); Deep deep down, far far in (and out), curated by Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues at Fundação Leal Rios (Lisbon, 2019); A Guerra como Modo de Ver, curated by Ana C. Cachola at MACE – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas (Elvas, 2018); Arte em São Bento – Coleção António Cachola, curated by João Pinharanda at Palácio de São Bento (Lisbon, 2018); O Tempo inscrito. Memória, Hiato e Projecção – Obras da Coleção de Arte Contemporânea Figueiredo Ribeiro at quARTel (Abrantes, 2017); Correspondèncias Lisboa-Barcelona at Carpe Diem – Arte e Pesquisa e Espai Mallorca Barcelona (Barcelona, 2015); On Drawing II at Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art Gallery (Lisbon, 2014).

Her work is represented in the national public collections Coleção António Cachola, Coleção SILD - Julião Sarmento, Coleção de Arte Contemporânea Figueiredo Ribeiro, Fundação Leal Rios, Fundação PLMJ and C.M.S. – Câmara Municipal de Sintra and in private collections in Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Russia and Canada.

She currently lives and works in Lisbon.

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