A Casa, a Verdadeira e a Seguinte, Ainda Está por Fazer (2019)
Sílvia das Fadas
A Casa, a Verdadeira e a Seguinte, Ainda Está por Fazer Sílvia das Fadas Portugal16mm > digital35.5 min2019
Sílvia das Fadas traces a journey between five sites of revolutionary outsider architecture: an ideal palace built by a postman after each of his daily rounds; a red house designed by a socialist agitator; a pacifist tower erected against the movements of history; an exuberant garden engendered in the feminine; and a merry cemetery, which conjures a community of equals in the outskirts of Europe. A travelogue to places which defy the surface of the world. – Open City Documentary Festival
No one will deny that there is much life in the roots of trees. But what of the standing stones of man-made structures bearing the seal of protest and insurgency? Does their spirit endure long after their makers have departed and, even more importantly, what would this spirit say if it were to speak to us? In A Casa, a Verdadeira e a Seguinte, Ainda Está por Fazer, Sílvia das Fadas traces out the contours of five monuments erected by revolutionaries who acted on their dreams with devotion and steadfastness. – Ivana Miloš
This film is available to stream globally.
This film is co-presented with Light Industry and CINEMA FULGOR.
Image credits: all artworks, stills, and portraits courtesy of the artist © Sílvia das Fadas.
about the artist
Sílvia das Fadas (Portugal) is an artist, filmmaker, curator, and researcher born Sílvia Salgueiro in 1983 in Coimbra, Portugal. Her recent projects engage with film as radical thought and communal practice, asking how “minor cinema” can forge new and unsettling engagements with the world against the firmament of the aggressive dispossession of land, bodies, and social relationships. She received a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Coimbra (2006), and an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts (2014). She is pursuing a PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where she taught cinema and militant aesthetics. She also studied at the Roman School of Photography and Cinema (2006), the Sorbonne (2010), and was a member of the experimental theatre workshop Círculo de Iniciação Teatral da Academia de Coimbra (2002–2005). Das Fadas was Artist Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in cooperation with the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart (2019), and was Visiting Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center (2020). Her films, including Apanhar Laranjas / Picking Oranges (2012), and Light, Blaze, Fulgor—Auguries for a Non-Hierarchical Framing and Flourishing (2018–ongoing) have been exhibited at festivals, museums, and galleries internationally, including Cineteca di Bologna, Viennale, The Museum of Modern Art, Courtisane Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, IndieLisboa, L’Âge d’Or, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI), Cinémathèque québécoise, and REDCAT, among others. Das Fadas has worked as a visual history researcher for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a film restoration assistant at The Temenos, an archivist and assistant to American filmmaker Robert Fenz, and as a projectionist for the Austrian Film Museum. Writing about her practice has appeared in numerous publications, including Filmmaker Magazine, OEI, Solitude Journal, and Lumière. She is founder of CINEMA FULGOR, a mobile screening series in Alentejo, Portugal. She lives and works in Troviscais, Portugal.