Golfinho Verde, 2020
Esqueleto, 2020, shells and other plant debris, paper pulp, cord, nylon, cotton, fabric and phosphorescent paint, 50 × 254 × 25 cm
Esqueleto (detail), idem
Golfinho Verde, 2020, exhibition view at Porta 33, Madeira
Golfinho Verde (in the dark), 2020, exhibition view, idem
Retrato I,II,III, 2020, dragon’s blood (dracaena draco) on paper,
53 × 14 cm
(left) Corça do Norte, 2020, wood, cotton, permanent marker, ink, acrylic and phosphorescent paint, 66 × 69 × 10 cm (right) Pele, 2020, neoprene suit, burlap bag, cord, permanent marker, dragon's blood (dracaena draco), acrylic and phosphorescent paint, 235 × 136 × 31 cm
Mapa, 2020, graphite, dragon's blood (dracaena draco), acrylic and phosphorescent paint on jersey fabric, reeds and cotton, 177 × 278 × 12 cm
Mapa (in the dark), idem
Mapa (details), idem
Golfinho Verde, exhibition view, idem
Depois, 2020, paper pulp, grains and acrylic paint, 4 × 17 × 3 cm
Estrela, 2020, sand, wood and other plant debris, pulp, dragon's blood (dracaena draco), fabric, acrylic and phosphorescent paint, 30 × 21 × 6,5 cm
Golfinho Verde, exhibition view, idem
Golfinho Verde, 2020, dragon’s blood (dracaena draco) on paper, (series of 11 drawings) 21 x 28 cm each
Golfinho Verde, 2020, dragon’s blood (dracaena draco) on paper, 28 x 21 cm

Golfinho Verde / Green Dolphin was an installation by Sara Bichão, part of the exhibition Clorophilia with Manon Harrois at Porta 33 in Funchal, Madeira Island, in 2020. The works were previously done in residency at Porta 33.
For this project, Sara Bichão wrote a story about a green dolphin (golfinho verde, in Portuguese).

This installation could be experienced lightened or in full darkness.

© Carolina Vieira, Porta 33

The story of the Green Dolphin by SB, below:

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Sara Bichão’s working process binds with emotional channels: to heal, to purge, to perpetuate, to play. The works are sculptural with a chromatic atmosphere specific to its own, which at times, are activated by the artist through performative actions. The materials used are often collected/offered/stolen, or come from other recycled and organic resources. More recently, Bichão has also been exploring experimental writing.

Sara Bichão is currently developing a long-term collaboration with La S Grand Atelier – Art Brut et Contemporain, in Belgium.

She was an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited (New York, USA) and Finisterrae (Ouessant, FR) in 2022, and has attended other residencies over the past years including: Porta 33 (2020, Madeira, Portugal); Cité Internationale des Arts (2019, Paris, FR); Artistes en Résidence (2017, Clermont Ferrand, FR). She received scholarships from the French Institute (2019, 2022), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2014) and the Luso-American Foundation (2022).

A selection of her solo shows include: Before I Get Sick at MEEL, Press (2021, Lisbon); What is the thing, What is it at Galeria Filomena Soares (2020, Lisbon); Find me, I kill you at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2018, Lisbon); (2017) Coastal at Barbara Davis Gallery (2017, Houston); My Sun Cries at Portuguese Foundation of Communications (2016, Lisbon); Somebody’s Address at Rooster Gallery (2014, New York).

Some of her past group shows include: Slow Gala at 68 Art Institute (2022, Copenhagen); Twin Islands at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (2022, France); (2022) Traverser la nuit: Works From the Antoine de Galbert Collection at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (2022, Portugal); Performance 0 at BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts (2021, Portugal); Clorophilia at Porta33 (2021, Portugal); Storytelling at Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2019, France); Un pyjama pour deux at Passages Centre for Contemporary Art in Troyes (2019, France); CHAMA at Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar (2018, Portugal); What I am at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (2017, Portugal); }{ { } at Diagrama (2015, Mexico); 2015) Eccentric Exercise II at Kulturni Centar Beograda (2015, Serbia); Soundless Harmonies at Rita Urso Gallery (2014, Italy); Extending The Line at Arevalo Gallery (2012, USA).

Bichão was selected for the FLAD Drawing Prize (2021), Anteciparte’09 (2009), Fidelidade Mundial – Jovens Pintores (2009), BPI – FBAUL (2008).

Her work is part of art collections such as: Antoine de Galbert Collection, France; CACE (State’s Collection of Contemporary Art); FLAD (Luso American Foundation); PLMJ Foundation; EDP – MAAT Foundation; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Carmona e Costa Foundation; MidFirst Bank Collection, Arizona, USA.

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Sara Bichão
Palácio dos Coruchéus
Rua Alberto Oliveira, Atelier 41,
1700-019 Lisboa, Portugal

Galeria Filomena Soares
Rua da Manutenção n.º 80 (Xabregas),
1900-321 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 962 373 956

Barbara Davis Gallery
4411 Montrose Boulevard, Suite D
Houston, 77006 Texas, USA
+1 713 520 9200