Ana Guedes

Oude Kerk (1 Oct. – 31 Oct. 2021)

Installation view Ana Guedes, vol.7 n.17 007 | 30’07” |121169_tape loop_7’13” (2021), Oude Kerk (Amsterdam). Photo Franz Mueller Schmidt. All rights reserved by Hartwig Art Foundation.

Ana Guedes’ artistic practice ranges from sound, video, installation and performance. Inspired by the interplay between personal and political history as reflected in her family archive, Guedes reflects and explores the capacity for sound and music to convey the complex political and social constructs embedded in the archival material. Her work centres on the question of which stories are passed on and which are lost.

The starting point of the installation Vol.7 n.17 007 | 30’07” |121169_tape loop_7’13” at the Oude Kerk (1 – 31 Oct. 2021) is the record collection of the artist’s Portuguese family. Having travelled across three continents, this record collection reflects the migration of her family. They bought the first records in Angola in the 1960s, after war broke out in the former Portuguese colony, and expanded the collection with vinyl from Portugal and Canada until the 1980s. The scratches on the records and the moth-eaten covers betray the passage of time. The records are passive witnesses to a displacement in time and space.

The exhibition at Oude Kerk opens with the concert Silence #31: Ana Guedes and Hampus Lindwall (1 Oct. 8 a.m.). Ana Guedes’ work will be merged with Phill Niblock’s composition Unmounted/ Muted Noun, played on the church’s organ by Hampus Lindwall.

More about the artist

Ana Guedes is an artist born in Portugal and based in the Netherlands. She was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie (2018-2019) and followed a Master in Artistic Research at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Art in the same city. Her research follows a body of works that deals with a fragmented family history and its engagement with the political entanglements with European Colonial and Post-Colonial narratives.

She participated in the XVIII Bienal de Cuenca, Prémio Piedra de Sal, Cuenca, Ecuador (2018) and New Artists Award 2017, EDP Foundation – MAAT Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2017). Her works, performances and installations were shown in Bostchaft Berlin-Camões Berlin/ MAAT Museum, Berlin, Germany (2019), Frequencia Singular Plural, Centro-Centro Madrid, Spain (2019), Next Arts Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium (2019), Sonic Dawn – Huomo Novos Festival, Riga, Letonia (2019), November Music Festival, s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (2019).