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Alexandre Estrela

Lisbon, Portugal. 1971

The works created by Alexandre Estrela unfold as video-installations and projections, which expand spatially and temporally through different supports, with this procedure he configures the image as an entity that cannot be reduced to the field of representation, highlighting its possible material and physical consequences. Estrela is constantly problematising the elements that constitute the act of seeing, the process of constructing different gazes and the possible splitting of vision into further sensible dimensions.

Alexandre Estrela attacks the eye preventing the body from falling asleep. Because awareness is unable to make clear decisions regarding the level of reality of what the eye see which seems to manifest outside of culture, knowledge and information. Working with technology and history of images, in his artistic process it is fundamental to study the relation between viewer and artwork.

Some of Estrela’s most notable solo exhibitions are: Baklite, curated by Sergio Mah, CAV Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portuga; Roda Lume, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2016); Cápsulas de silencio, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, (2015); Um homem entre quatro paredes, Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (2013); The Sunspot Circle, The Flat Time House, London (2013); Alexandre Estrela: Subjective Projections, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany (2010), among others.

The artist has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in international venues and institutions such as: Galeria Zé dos Boi, Lisbon, Portugal; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal; ZDB Gallery, Lisbon, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; Artists Space, New York City; Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid; White Box, New York City; Fundación Marcelin Botín, Santander.

Since 2007 Alexandre Estrela directs Oporto, a program of exhibitions and projects in Lisbon, the city where he currently lives and works.

2010 Video projection, Plexiglass screen, paper, colour, stereo sound Music: Alvin Lucier, Barbecue Grill 52.5x93x50 cm
Wood Cuts/Wood Ring
2009, Anaglyphic projection stereo video, color, sound, loop, wooden structure, 163x187x201 cm
Inversao Polar
2011 16 mm film, coleur, silent, loop
O som no ar
2010 Video projection, Plexiglass screen, paper, b&w, mono sound 104x141x24 cm
Lazy Suzan
2016, Video Installation, video projected over wooden structure


Inside documenta 14 Athens, curated by Ben Russel and ending July 16,  Alexandre Estrela took part in Hallucinations, last Saturday, June 24 at 5pm. Hallucinations is a three-day festival of live cinema, AV projection, and expansive performance featuring hypnagogic works by over 15 artists, musicians, filmmakers and curators from around the globe.

Zé dos Bois

Alexandre Estrela among with João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva participate in Lua Cão an exhibition curated by Natxo Checa. Opening May 17 from 9:30 pm to Midnight. Calçada do Tijolo (à Rua do Século), 41A 1200-167 Lisbon, Portugal.


Travesía Cuatro participate in Frieze NY, May 4-7. Artists: Elena del Rivero, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jose Dávila, Alexandre Estrela, Milena Muzquiz, Asunción Molinos Gordo and Mateo López.