Ana Guedes is an artist born in Portugal and based in the Netherlands.
Her research follows a body of works that deal with a fragmented family history and its engagement with the political entanglements with European Colonial and Post-Colonial narratives. Exploring those layers entails integrating archival material, in particular a family’s archive and cross-referencing public archival material by addressing the collective memory and its sonic substance.
It is within the framework of a vocabulary of metabolic sonic devices, technologies and performative gestures that Ana reflects and explores the capacity for sound and music to convey the complex political and social constructs embedded in the archival material.
By following the almost invisible threads that weave seemingly distant points in time and place, we pursue a hollow zone, where untold and silenced facts float somewhere between reality and fiction, distortion and mediation. These are instruments and gestures towards understanding that maybe the meaning of the source material often lies outside its visible edges, and trying to expand it, unfold it, capture the microscopical frases and repetitions, looping, slowing down time, playing it backwards, layering and sometimes by abstracting, leading to a cosmogony of its own and resisting to be forgotten.
Ana was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie (2018-2019), 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).