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Ana Teresa Vicente (Portugal)


Ana Teresa Vicente is an artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts – Photography from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Fine Arts, with a fellowship by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PT). She completed her Master Degree in Painting in 2011, and graduated in Fine Arts – Painting in 2007, also at FBAUL. She has presented her work regularly since 2005 through exhibitions, lectures, artist talks, and publications. In 2019, she co-curated with Professor Mónica Mendes the exhibition Timelessness at Ars Electronica, Campus (AT), and exhibited her work at the Athens Photo Festival (GR) and FORMAT19 (UK). The previous year she exhibited at Binary/Non-binary, GESTE Paris (FR); Immersive | Imersivo, SNBA (PT); Failure is a Given, Archivo Studio (PT), and Face-Value at the Liverpool John Moores University (UK). She received a Fundação Oriente Grant and was awarded the Graduate Scholar Award by the Liverpool John Moores University, UK. From 2014 to 2016 she was a co-coordinator and researcher of the Post-Screen: International Festival of Art, New Media and Cybercultures (Lisbon). Currently, she’s a board member of the cultural association Criaatividade Cósmica, and a curator for the Aura Festival (Sintra, Portugal).

Residency period

3 months: January to March 2020

Latest Project - The Wandering Gaze

The Wandering Gaze project explores the relationship between the observer's gaze and a given image, using eye-tracking technology. Wandering Gaze allows the viewers' gaze to be transformed into a tangible path that will, slowly and over time, erode the surface of a photograph. This idea of surface was very interesting to me, so I started thinking about a "piercing gaze", a way of materializing gaze. In Wandering Gaze that is emphasised in a literal way: the more we look at the image, the more it will vanish in front of our eyes. On the other hand, the image is now a performative space as the viewers' gaze is invited to wander and explore the image, contributing to the piece but, ultimately, causing the print's deterioration.

Knowing that looking at the image through the viewfinder will eventually destroy the photograph, will we keep peeking through it? Curiosity killed the cat, or in this case, the print?

Other Past Works

Below is a small selection of Ana's past works. For more information on each project and the artist, please visit the her website:


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