Ana Rebordäo



Sopro is a series of nine videos that addresses an idea of danger and fear, since it formulates questions about destruction in the sphere of beliefs.

Ana Rebordão’s body appears as an instrument in order to materialize the images she dreamed of. The performances are visual and framed, which reflects an eye of a painter.

This body of work is an oeuvre with a domestic contour. Most of the times, the viewer is invading a private space where he or she does not belong. It is a poisoned invitation to see a woman on herself, for herself, and letting go herself by performed acts. It is a figure expressing a certain truth within a certain lie. The work sets-up an enigma, a sense of trauma.

From religion to the intimate, Ana Rebordão’s work creates a space that redefines these realities – the familiar crumbles when one receives the unknown. The videos are presenting a narcissistic emptiness – the space of separation and rejection – an ephemeral state of destruction, superficiality and humor absolutely necessary for a being to come; A site. A sopro.

Sopro is a Portuguese word for: Sway of Air; Breath or Sigh; An Influx; A Will (Good or Bad); Power; Strength; Soft Sound.

Studied Painting in the Fine Arts Academy of Lisbon. For two years she participated in the Independent Studies Program at Maumaus – Visual Arts School, where she developed a video for the project Labour in a Single Shot, exhibited at 56th Venice Biennale and curated by Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann. In 2014 she began her studies in Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, where she lives and works as a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation granter.

In Italy, she developed site-specific works for St. Gregory and St. Mary Madeleine churches. In Portugal, she exhibited video installations at Ancient Art Museum, Archaeological Museum and Orient Museum. She was one of the finalists for the Anteciparte Art Prize in 2009.

Sopro Part 08, 2015, HD video, 4′ 29″
Sopro Part 07, 2015, HD video, 1′ 10″
View from the exhibition