My artistic practice merges with my activity as an anthropologist, with my travel experiences and philosophical reflexions on the nature of reality: though always deeply committed to conveying an immediate aesthetic experience, my work is rooted in a wider social reflexivity and constant interrogation of the phenomenological world. My artistic identity has developed in a close dialogue with the Arte Povera and Mono-ha movements: my creative process is usually triggered by simple, humble, unimportant objects or images, whose presence, cultural meaning and formal appearance attract my attention. I work with natural elements, with ground, rocks, wood, wheat, with found objects, old photographs, book pages and construction materials. Building on these raw elements, through collage, assemblage, installation and other mixed technique I intend to convey a sense of estrangement (Viktor Shlowsky) and fresh perception, of wonder, enchantment and marvel for the “things as they are”. In several of my recent works a meditation on the ephemeral nature of human memory and on the issue of time is also present. In this group of works, found and used objects, magazines, photographs become islands of memory for an archaeological and historiographic (cf. Dieter Roelstraete’s The Way of Shovel) artistic research aiming at exploring and safeguarding human memory, unearthing traces, fragments, and clues, “telling histories that challenge established master narratives employing art’s capacity to help us remember that which is in danger of being forgotten, glossed over, or marginalised” as Roelstraete suggests.


Lorenzo Bordonaro (MA Philosophy; PhD Anthropology; BA Visual Arts) conducted ethnographic research in Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Portugal and Brazil on several issues, from childhood to youth violence, from creativity and urban marginality to migration and development in African contexts. He lectured anthropology at grad and post-grad levels in Portugal, Cape Verde and Brazil. His artistic practice merges with the anthropological research: his installations and public art projects often are rooted in a wider social and philosophical reflexivity and in political activism. He carried out public art projects in different social contexts and geographical areas: from Brazilian favelas to shanty towns at the periphery of Lisbon; from the Cape Verdean ghettos to the historical neighbourhoods of Graça and Mouraria, in Lisbon. He participated in several events, festivals and collective exhibitions, among which the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Manifesta 12 in Palermo and Ethnographic Terminalia in Chicago, US.


Participation in collective exhibitions and festivals

2017 Impermanence, B#S Gallery, Treviso, Italy.
2017 Manifesta 12 (School in Tandem programme), Palermo, Italy
2016 15th Venice Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (Parallel Events, Spazio Thetis), Venice.
2016 Exprimint 7 - Galeria Zé de Dome, Aracaju (SE), Brazil
2016 BIAS - Biennale d’Arte Sacra e delle Religioni dell’Umanità (Palermo Italy)
2016 Ritrovarsi. Festival Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea (Sciacca, Italy)
2016 Dimora OZ (Palermo, Italy)
2016 OcupAção (Aracaju (SE), Brazil)
2015 INATEL Foundation Finalists’ Exhibition. Galeria da Associação Portuguesa de Escultura e Pintura (Lisbon, Portugal)
2015 Wang Festival de Arte Urbano (Montevideo, Uruguay)
2015 Nova Liberdade III. Galeria CULTART (Aracaju (SE), Brazil)
2015 Forum das Arte Visuais – Galeria J. Inácio (Aracaju (SE), Brazil)
2015 Festival Concreto – Festival Internacional de Arte Urbana (Fortaleza (CE), Brazil)
2015 SM15 – Front Art Space (New York, USA)
2015 Incubarte 7. Festival Internacional de Arte (Valencia, Spain)
2014 Passeio Literário da Graça (Lisbon, Portugal)
2013 NOOR - Mouraria Light Walk (Lisbon, Portugal)
2013 Ethnographic Terminalia, Art Incubator (Chicago, USA)
2013 Open Studio MART (Lisbon, Portugal)
2013 Independentes. Galeria Inma Ruiz, (Lisbon, Portugal)
2012. Woundscapes. Suffering, Creativity and bare life. Museu da Cidade (Lisbon, Portugal), Centro Universitário Maria Antónia (São Paulo, Brazil)

Events coordination

• 2014. Passeio Literário da Graça (funded by Lisbon Municipality), Lisbon (Portugal)
• 2013. NOOR - Mouraria Light Walk (funded by Lisbon Municipality), 18-20 July.


• 2016. OcupAção. Santa Maria Squat Community. Aracaju (SE), Brazil. March-May 2016
• 2015. Nova Liberdade III. Fragmentos de vida, arte e etnografia. CULTART, Aracaju (SE), Brazil, 15-23 May
• 2012. Somos nós, Calabacera, Praia, Cabo Verde


• 2015 INATEL Foundation Visual Art Prize - Lisbon (Finalist)
• 2015 SM15 – Front Art Space – New York (Finalist: published in printed catalogue and exhibited in online group show)
• 2012 – Muda o Bairro Prize (Change the neighbourhood) Promoted by Associação Renovar a Mouraria and Lisbon Municipality (CML). (Winner: funding of project A casa das Chaves)