Miguel Peres dos Santos
Miguel Peres Dos Santos (°1976, Lisbon, Portugal) is an artist who works in a variety of media. He has first started an education as sculptor in Lisbon in 1999. Later he went to the Netherlands to get his master degree in 2012 in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of the Arts and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands. His work has been on view in 2015 at the Beurschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium in 2012 in Oslo – Norway, in 2011 in Fuso. Video art festival, Lisbon - Portugal.
In 2012 he had a solo show in Het Nutshuis, The Hague – The Netherlands.
By emphasizing aesthetics, Peres Dos Santos reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. His artworks sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.
His works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century.
The Mourning of the Sea was shot at Cidade Velha in Cape Verde in 2016. Located off Africa's northwest coast, this town was the first European colonial settlement to asure slave trade to the America’s. An estimate of 4 to 6 million enslaved persons were sold and sent to the Americas from there, mainly to Brazil.
The film, like the city, echoes the deep sadness of the past in the present. Looping the narrative from the poem "Um r’bêra pa mar" by Ovidio Martins (1928-1999) the imagery and sound lingers between memory and sensory perception, between what is remembered and what remains of memory.