AnaMary Bilbao is a Luso-spanish visual artist born in Lisbon (Portugal). She has a BA in History of Art (FCSH - New University of Lisbon), a MA in Contemporary Art Studies (Faculty of Human Sciences - UCL, Lisbon), and a PhD in Artistic Studies (FCSH - New University of Lisbon / School of Arts - Birkbeck University of London) (degree expected). She has been the recipient of FCT PhD Fellowship, which enabled her to do research field in Johannesburg (South Africa, 2018), and also to be a researcher in the department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at School of Arts - Birkbeck University of London (2018-19). 

AnaMary Bilbao's work has been addressing time within its historical, cultural and existential implications and in an attempt to question the anthropocentric logic that imposes acceleration as a natural rhythm and the understanding of the digital as being the closest approach to the real. For this reason, in her pieces there is a strong manuality and a proximity with the analogical, were the digital is almost always introduced in dialogue with the latter. Currently, AnaMary Bilbao articulates documentation from different sources (photography, drawing, sound, moving image). Through the combination of these elements, she seeks to start fictional narratives that put into question the idea of a single truth. As the artist states, «there is no truth beforehand, only connections, interruptions, and incompleteness».

Her work has been recently exhibited at Photo Basel (Basel), Field Projects (New York), International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York), Paris Photo / Curiosa (Paris), MAAT – The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Lisbon), Opening Arco Madrid (Madrid), Zé dos Bois Gallery / Novo Negócio (Lisbon), Leal Rios Foundation (Lisbon), PLMJ Foundation (Lisbon), Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art (Lisbon), among others.

At the moment Bilbao is doing a residency at AiR 351 (Sep. 2022-23, Portugal) as an invited artist. In 2022 she was artist-in-residence in the International Studio & Curatorial Program - ISCP (New York) and in the 1st edition of the art residency program organized by Galeria Zé dos Bois - ZDB / CADA (Portugal). She has been the recipient and shortlisted of / to various distinguished Portuguese awards such as: FLAD - Luso-American Development Foundation Artist Residency in the U.S.A. Grant; 1st edition of FLAD Drawing Award (2021); 13th edition of EDP Foundation’s New Artists Award (2019); FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology PhD Fellowship.

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