Soutien Image/mouvement du Cnap 2023Archives du changement – la fin des nuits de Catarina Simão

The Image/Movement Committee has granted a development support to the project Archives du changement – la fin des nuits de Catarina Simão.

Catarina Simão has been working on the history of the liberation of Mozambique for some fifteen years. In the course of her research, she discovered the links established in the 1960s between the liberation movements in Mozambique and Canadian activists and filmmakers, particularly in Quebec. She has been invited to take part in the ‘development’ of these links as part of the next biennale de Québec, which opens in February 2024, focusing on issues related to sleep and wakefulness. Reawakening forgotten histories and narratives, making heard the voices erased by the victors, giving a second life to established knowledge and dormant visual and audio documents: artists are our guides through the archipelagos of collective memory.The film essay will be based in part on sequences from films produced after Mozambique’s independence in 1975. Catarina Simão travelled from Maputo to Toronto and Montreal in Canada to find these films and listen to the witnesses and protagonists. Unearthing these links between two distant territories, Catarina Simão will weave these traces of the past with the present day. Archives of Change – The End of Nights will explore the complexity and paradoxes of thinking about decolonisation in Mozambique, but also in Canada, where recognition of the place of the First Nations is still a work in progress.


This project is presented by Société PREMIERES LIGNES TELEVISION and curator Marie Muracciole (Manif’ Art 11 Québec 2024)


Museum of Lamego at APOM 2023 Awards

APOM Awards Ceremony – 26th May 2023

The project “Sala Colonial Room” has been distinguished with an honourable mention in the category Education and Cultural Mediation Project by the Portuguese Museology Association (APOM).

“The artistic and educational project “Sala Colonial” was distinguished with an Honourable Mention, in the category Education and Cultural Mediation Project, on 26 May, by APOM – Portuguese Museology Association, in a ceremony held at the Air Museum – Sintra.
Promoted by the Lamego Museum and the Grouping of Schools of Latino Coelho of Lamego, the project, with the signature of the artist and researcher Catarina Simão, was supported by the Municipality of Lamego and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Many thanks to APOM, to the Museu do Ar, for the excellent welcome, and to all those who embraced this project.”

Alexandra Falcão (Head of Museu de Lamego)


Article on website
October 29, 2022

The platform Acesso Cultura invited Museu de Lamego to write about SALA COLONIAL project for the website

As a contribution to the collection of texts that Acesso Cultura have been compiling, this text was written under the perspective of accessibility and directed particularly to museum professionals.

Link to the text by head of Lamego’s Museum, Alexandra Falcão.


SALA COLONIAL presented at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Summer School

from 21 to 23 September 2022

The Lamego Museum will participate in the second Summer School of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, this year dedicated to the theme Museums and Communication, with the presentation of the artistic and educational project “Sala Colonial”, developed in 2022 by the artist Catarina Simão and with the involvement of the Grouping of Schools Latino Coelho, Lamego.

On September 22, at 4pm, Dr. Alexandra Falcão will talk about this project to the audience of the Summer School in the auditorium and online.

You can watch the whole live through the following link

Photos: Paula Pinto (Lamego Museum)

Aquisition of Effects of Wording and Ntimbe Caetano.

The Colecção de Arte Contemporânea do Estado (The Portuguese State Contemporary Art Collection) integrated 73 works by 64 artists in 2022 in an total investment of 800,000 Euros.

Effects of Wording (2014) and Ntimbe Caetano (2016)
 are the two video works joining the state collection.

In the photo: the two works presented in installation (R-Humor exhibition, Galeria Av. da Índia, Lisbon Jan. 2020)


The latest issue of MIDAS – no. 14 | 2022

The magazine publishes in its cover the image “Dossier R – Mirror wall (study). R-Humor exhibition, 2020.”
© Catarina Simão.

MIDAS is available in open access (Portuguese only):
Cover design by Elisa Noronha

  • The image that makes the cover of the 14th issue shows a study for dossier R, the centrepiece of the exhibition “R-Humour” by artist and researcher Catarina Simão, at Galerias Municipais – Galeria Avenida da Índia (Lisbon), in 2020. Dossier R shows 245 photographs representing the makonde art existing in museums in Mozambique. The great majority of the photographs are from the Ethnology Museum of Nampula and, a small part, from the section dedicated to Ethnology of the Natural History Museum (Lourenço Marques, today Maputo). In 1961, the anthropologists Jorge Dias and Margot Dias requested the production of these photographs through the Scientific Research Institute of Mozambique. The Portuguese anthropologists had in mind the preparation of the monographic “V Volume” of the expedition to the North of Mozambique, which would conclude their work published between 1964 and 1970, “The Maconde of Mozambique”, but which remained only four volumes. Very little is known about the “V volume”. Paradoxically, with the rehabilitation of these 245 photographs for the exhibition “R-Humour”, we learn about the part of the Makonde sculptural expression that would be discarded if this volume were to be concluded by M. Dias. In 1991, these 245 photographs were donated to the curator G. Blesse, and are now the property of the Grassi Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig, Germany, from where the artist recovered them in 2019. In a “mirror wall” version, the most iconic representations of white are highlighted and placed in a 15 m mural, right at the eye level of the visitors. These images exalt the influence of the Catholic missions, as well as the transversal figure of the “assimilated”. As in other examples where white is presented in a caricatural way, here the representation is also through incorporation. Classical Western representations show the colonised as an Other, an object to be contemplated from afar. In this distancing there is a power that does not go unnoticed in the way each piece is photographed. Although these photographs have been credited to M. Manarte, head of the Photography Department of the Scientific Research Institute of Mozambique, the research developed by the artist for the exhibition R-Humor revealed that the photographer was another one: “an African employee, assimilated, who works as a photographer in this institute”. The black employee working at the Institute was Sebastião Langa, the Mozambican photographer who gained prominence after the independence of Mozambique, with a work that reflected an undetermined mix of urban influences, many colonial.

Catarina Simão (b. Lisbon 1972) is an artist and researcher. In the exhibition “R-Humor” (2020), at Galeria da Avenida da Índia (Lisbon), the artist worked on the way in which the persistence of sources blinds them in the face of the need to imagine their overdetermination; and, in contrast, silencing, deferral and humour, appear as possible forms of relationship in the face of the incompleteness of the archive.


Premiere screening of Colonial Room. The Film (SALA COLONIAL. O FILME) at Escola Secundária de Latino Coelho, Lamego (Portugal).

1st session: June 6 at 10am at the school auditorium (with debate with students and school board)

2nd session: June 7 from 8am -5:30pm at the school library.

3th session: June 8 from 8am -5:30pm at the school library.

4st session: June 9 from 8am -5:30pm at the school library.

Colonial Room is a project defined as an artistic investigation into the institutional spaces that held an African collection whose origin is tied-up to fascist and colonial context.

Anti-racist education is raised directly from the research with students of the local school where the African objects where kept in a propagandist collection.

Support: Museu de Lamego, Escola Secundaria Latino Coelho, Câmara Municipal de Lamego, Direcção Regional de Cultura do Norte, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

GIFmeback# with Catarina Simão and Marílio Wane.

Workshop for Memória de Elefante – ping! Galeria Municipal do Porto – Porto’s Municipality, happening in May 2022 at Escola Secundária Infante Dom Henrique, in Porto.

Maps, charts, crosses and Padrão monuments, African masks and sculptures, drums, timbilas and mbiras, sisal and cotton, animal skins and horns, seeds and plant species from Angola, Guinea and Mozambique, peacocks and gardens, straw houses, people exhibited as in a zoo…dehumanization, change, justice and reparation. GIFmeback# proposes a workshop animated by a conversation game and the creation of digital images, which has its roots in Escola Secundária D. Infante but takes us back to the gardens of the Crystal Palace where the 1st Colonial Exhibition took place in 1934. A few more other stories from cities like Maputo, like Lamego, end up meeting and crossing paths in the here and now.

GIFmeback#  is a reply to the summons launched by Ping! Primeira Exposição Colonial Portuguesa (Memória de Elefante) to do a contribution to an educational and critical debate on Porto’s colonial legacy. The artistic and research practices that Ping! provokes find common ground in a shared risk of imagining a community of future citizens much more aware of their capacity – and responsibility – for transforming the public space.

GIFmeback# involves the D. Infante High School students and teaching community in exploratory visits to the Crystal Palace Garden. The logic of identification of problematic symbols will continue to the decoration and architecture of the school. The intention is that students add comments to found colonial representations by creatively producing animated digital images, commonly called “GIF”.




New issue, Concreta 18 (autumn 2021) reflects on the restitution and reparation of African heritage in the post-colonial context. An issue circumscribed to the return of collected or plundered objects that often ignores the immaterial dimension outside the walls of museums.

Co-edited by Hasan G. López Sanz, Tania Safura Adam and with the collaboration of

Massamba Guèye
Ángela Rodríguez Perea
Françoise Vergès
Catarina Simão
Kader Attia
Sammy Baloji
Grada Kilomba
Yinka Esi Graves
Miguel Ángel Rosales
Javier Fernández Vázquez
Dan Hicks
Iván de la Nuez
Léopold Sédar Senghor.


LA COLECCIÓN. Vasos Comunicantes 1881-2021/ Communicating Vessels. Collection 1881-2021

November 26, 2021

The Museo Reina Sofía is reformulating its Collection with the aim of offering narratives and experiences that, without claiming to be exhaustive or categorical, speak to us of the present moment through a critical study of the common past. What prevails in this new presentation is not the chronological succession of events and works, but the relationships and genealogies that we can weave and unveil from the present. Eight thematic episodes are thus proposed, which are open to flexible temporalities and interdisciplinary approaches, and which can be linked together to generate new narratives.

Dispositivo 92
Puede la história ser rebobinada? Can history be rewritten?

002.10 Catarina Simão: The Mozambique Institute Project (2014)




A group show curated by Judith Hofer
Yota Ayaan, Marie Antoinette, Filipe Cortez, Theodore Ereira-Guyer, Juliana Matsumura, Maria Máximo and Catarina Simão.

Opening: 12th November 2021,  4-9 p.m.
Duration: 12th November – 3rd December 2021
Opening hours: 12. – 14. Nov., 25. – 27. Nov. & 1. – 3. Dec.  //  4-7 p.m. and by appointment.

Duplex Gallery, Rua Angelina Vidal 31 C, 1170-017 Lisboa

Presentation of the project | Catarina Simão and Museu de Lamego

As part of the celebrations of the 141st anniversary of the Escola Secundária de Latino Coelho, next Monday, 8 November, at 10.30 a.m., the SALA COLONIAL project will be presented by the artist and researcher Catarina Simão and the director of the Lamego Museum, Alexandra Falcão.

The presentation will take place in the School auditorium, associated with the launching ceremony of a stamp commemorating the passing of another anniversary and the reopening of the Museum of Natural Sciences.

COLONIAL ROOM | SALA COLONIAL is an artistic and educational project developed by the Lamego Museum and the Secondary School Latino Coelho, with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Regional Directorate for Culture of the North and the Municipality of Lamego, which is based on the collection of African Art belonging to the former National High School Latino Coelho, on deposit at the Lamego Museum since the 1980s.



Galeria Avenida da Índia, 170, in Lisbon.
May 26 to June 21, 2020

The visiting hours are now reduced to afternoons only, from  Tuesdays to Sundays 2:30pm > 6pm.

Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin.
27-02-2020, 10:00-21:15

“Strategies of dissident film preservation, restoration and circulation”

With: Vinzenz Hediger, Annamaria Licciardello, Michael Loebenstein, Tamer El Said, Catarina Simão.
Host: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
27-02-2020, 10:00-21:15

Free entry

R-Humor Conversations – Public Program

Conversation with Leonel Matusse, Tania Adam and Catarina Simão
February 8, 4-6 pm

Conversation with Omar thomaz, Raquel Ribeiro and Catarina Simão
February 22, 4-6 pm

Conversation with Caio Simões de Araújo and Catarina Simão
March 1, 4-6 pm

Conversation with João Pedro George, Filipa Vicente and Catarina Simão
March 7, 4-6 pm

Galeria Avenida da Índia
Avenida da Índia 170, Lisbon
Free Entrance


Solo exhibition at Galeria Avenida da Índia, Lisbon
curator Cristiana Tejo

26th January 2020 – 05th April 2020
Opening 25th January 5-8pm
+ info

A Meeting With the Mozambique Film Archive

Artist Talk
Monday 16th December 2019
18h Free Entrance


Exodus Station#4 Outcome of the 3-stage Residency: La Volonté des Archives

Atelier symposium
Monday 19 November 2018 Collège des Études Mondiales FMSH

Salle A3-35| 54, bd Raspail, Paris 6


Workshop (extended presentation)
Wednesday 21 November 2018 Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.

14h – 17h
Salle 3 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris

+ info

3.3.2018 | 18 Uhr | Archive Kabinett, Müllerstr. 133, Berlin

The Effects of Wording
Screening and talk with Catarina Simão
Doors open 6pm, screening starts 7pm, drinks & snacks afterwards

Specters of Freedom – Cinema and Decolonization, co-edited by Tobias Hering and Catarina Simão, co-published by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and filmgalerie 451.The official DVD release will take place the 2 March 2018, 8pm at Arsenal cinema in Berlin.

+ info

On Makonde, as part of Exodus Stations project by curator Marta Jecu
Research/exhibition January to April 2018

Musée Quai-Branly, Paris
Museum fur Völkerkunde, Leipzig

What are the Clouds? Exhibition at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Exhibition Contribution to the Anniversary of the Reformation
18 November 2017 – 4 March 2018
curators: Iris Dressler and Christine Peters

Africa-in-motion 2017 (Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland)
Symposium: Curating the Global Film Archive on Sat 28 (Lecture)
Exhibition African Film: Looking Back Through the Lens, Mon 30 (exhibition)
Africa’s Lost Classics programme: Screening Mueda, Memoria e Massacre (1979-1980) + Q&A Tue 31

+ info

Summer School of Photography: Archive, Theory, History at ICS-ULisboaScreening of Djambo and debate. Coord: Filipa Vicente. September 18 -22, 2017. Lisbon.

Screening of Effect and Wording followed by discussion and debate on “the Mozambican Institute project: a montage of affects”. Ad-hoc Seminar, Center for African Studies. Maputo  July 19 2017.

DJAMBO, the documentary in MAPUTO, Mozambique
Calendar of screenings and Q&A with the presence of the protagonist and the two filmmakers – Camões – CCP Maputo supports this activity.

Premiere at TVM, July 9
INAC on July 10 and 11
Camões – CCP, July 13
Fundação Fernando Couto, July 14
CCBM on July 18
Military District, July 22 (wth Mapiko)

Cinema, fotografia e vídeo no arquivo de Moçambique. A reapropriação como alternativa à preservação das imagens em perigo de desaparecimento”

X Jornadas Cinema em Português, UBI, 15-17 de Maio de 2017

A memória involuntária dos arquivos: o caso do Projecto Mozambique Institute

Modos de fazer, Modos de ser: práticas artísticas na e com a antropologia
Colóquio Internacional, 9 e 10 de março de 2017
Museu Nacional de Etnologia (Lisboa)

Effects of Wording, 29′ (Incluido no FACA, Festa de Antropologia Cinema e Arte)
Projecção na Cinemateca Portuguesa

+ info

Colaboração intempestiva
Participação no Laboratório I do ciclo de encontros O QUE É O ARQUIVO?

De 23 e 25 de Março 2017
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian – auditório do Edifício da Coleção Moderna.

+ info

PENÍNSULA at Hangar, Lisbon
27-28  Jan 2017 from 10:00am to 6:30pm
On coloniality: meeting with Península research group  (Museu Reina Sofia de Madrid)

+ info: Hangar

Middlesbrough, from Tuesday 22st  /Thursday 24st  November 2016
Curated by Senior Curator Miguel Amado (MIMA)

22 Nov. CATARINA SIMÂO, Lecture at Teesside University Fine Art – 02:00 PM
23 Nov. Tutorial visit to student’s studios (morning)
23 Nov. The Continuous Workshop – A Montage of Affect, at Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art (MiMA) – 02:00 > 05:00 PM + info
24 Nov. FILM CLUB, at MIMA. Screenings and conversation: Mueda 79 (2013) + Effects of Wording (2014) 05:00>07:00 PM + info

Die fiebrigen Gespenster der Kunst | The Fevered Specters of Art 
Curated curated by Edit Molnár, Lívia Páldi, Marcel Schwierin
10.11.16 – 15.01.17

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art
Katharinenstraße 23
D-26121 Oldenburg

Fórum do Futuro // Happy Together 2016 -PORTO

Nov 3, 16h00 | CONFERENCE with SAMUEL FOSSO, moderation by CATARINA SIMÃO Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli | Auditório IAC

HAPPY TOGETHER is a joint program of mala voadora with Pelouro da Cultura da Câmara Municipal do Porto.


Reunião de Júri/ Jury meeting
Happy Together

September 20 2016 at malavoadora
Rua do almada, 283


DJAMBO, Documentary Film, Mozambique, co-dir.
Production 2016

release July 2017 on Public TVs of all CPLP countries


Photography and the Left – Film program at the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado.
June 16 to July 17 2017

Effects of Wording (2014)

IASPIS residency in Sweden
Stockholm, April 1st to May 15, 2016

EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial Still (the) Barbarians
Curated by Koyo Kouoh
16 April – 10 July 2016

Limerick City Gallery of Art, Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory and various locations across Limerick.
+ info

International Conference “A Luta Continua, 40 Years Later”: 
Entangled Histories and Legacies of Empire in Southern Africa

November 5-6 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa +info

Visual Workshop around Effects of Wording

The School of Kyiv – The Biennial 2015 in Kyiv

The biennial of contemporary art “The School of Kyiv” will start on the
8th of September and will last till the 1st of November 2015.
Curators: Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer

Installation at Dovzhenko centre: UHURU. stamp, genealogy, anatomy, 2015

On Pedagogy
Outside Moderna Museet in Malmö, Sunshine Socialist Cinema will be screening videos by Beatrice Gibson, Catarina Simão and Priscila Fernandes whilst talking about pedagogy.

Screenings August 19:th And 26:th
Malmö, Sweden.

Traces to outcomes: the first you can only collect, the later will kill for you.

Lecture at Research as Suture: Film Archives and Ruptured Histories. Perspectives from Artistic and Curatorial Practices
Public seminar curated by Koyo Kouoh and Rasha Salti

Garage Museum, July 30th, 2015, Moscow (Russia)