orlando franco

Day: 18th January
Museo Coleçao Berardo

Praça do Império

Tel: +351 213 612 878


Orlando Franco lives and works in Lisbon. Orlando Franco (1977) is a Ph.D. student in Media Art at the Lusofona Humanidades Técnologias University in Lisbon. He holds a postgraduate degree in Art Theories from the University of Lisbon, a bachelor´s degree in Fine Arts from ESAD-Caldas da Rainha, and received the Erasmus Scholarship to study in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Salamanca University.

More than a photographer, you are a visual artist. How do you work and use the image?
I am interested in being connected to the universe of the image. The fixed image and the moving image are forms that I use in my projects. Photography is a way of making images, however, it´s much more than a technique or a medium, it´s something that has changed history and our relationship with the world.

How was your evolution from the beginning of your career until now?
I´ve started my studies in painting, but what I did a lot on that time was watching movies, movies and more movies … for example, I remember when I was on Erasmus in Salamanca every morning I watched one or two movies. I think I’ve seen almost the complete filmography of Buñuel, Antonioni, Cronenberg, Wenders and Tarkovsky at this time. All these influences have been the reason for my foray into the universe of technical image.

In which areas are you involved besides photography? Are you in contact with new talents or young artists?
I teach at the Lusófona University the course of photography and  I had the privilege of having very talented photographers with very interesting projects!. In my classes I´m interested in working the limits of the media: the theoretical questions of photography and the practice are for me two decisive points to develop photo projects. Thinking about the limits of the image, the limits of technique, questions about time and history or ethics are very important themes and references for the people. I also think that influences like cinema or contemporary art are very important as well.

How is to begin one project? How do you start?
I don´t have any formula, it’s a bit chaotic, in fragments … then I have to do the edition. I can start one idea with one drawing, with a text, when I watch a movie or something that follows me and I have on mind for a long time. The idea involves a process to develop one project and then the formal decisions and the materialization of the project appears. The project can be a series of photos, a video installation or one group exhibition.

Nowadays which difficulties do you think one artist has if he/she want to show his/her work? And what about the international market?
The market is a very complex and sinuous thing. There are many things involved, some are controlled by the artist, but many others are not. The challenge is to keep working!

What is your relation with the Museu Berardo? What this institution represents at the cultural context of the city?
I collaborate at the educational department of the Museu Coleção Berardo since its opening, 10 years ago. I have had the privilege of being very close or involved in many exhibitions. I have worked with two of the most important elements of the museum: the works of art and the public. This time has given me the deep feeling in how the art can impact to the people.

Lisbon has very good museums and Museu Coleção Berardo it´s very important point in the cultural life of the city. Before the Museum existed, to see international artists and movements of modern art, the closest place to go was Madrid. The Museum is visited everyday by people, tourists, but also by many students. Schools come from all over the country and the museum provides the privilege to be in contact with modern and contemporary art through its program of mediation: activities, visits and workshops open to the public.

What the participants can expect of your Transeurope workshop?
The workshop will have an starting point: the importance of having, direct or indirectly, references and influences in one project. The Museum will give to us the privilege to approach this theme. Also to know the works of the participants will be motivating and pedagogic for me and for them. It´s a great opportunity to make dialogues and contacts between each other.