The project designed by Mafalda Santos is entitled Alvará (Permit) and involves building a wall of used paper, of different natures. The intervention plays with issues such as hoarding, obsolescence and abandonment of so many spaces whose story can be told by layers of dead documents and bureaucracy. Like a longitudinal section to analyze the different strata of a rock, she is looking to interpellate the viewer of this work for this ability to read the history of a place from the marks and debris that accumulates over time.
Mafalda Santos (1980) has a degree in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Oporto. Between 2002 and 2007, she was the programmer of PêSSEGOpráSEMANA, a space in Oporto, with artists André Sousa and Miguel Carneiro. Exhibits regularly since 2001 and is represented by Gallery Presença since 2006. In 2007/2008 won a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) to Location One artist residency in New York. She was selected for the EDP New Artists Award 2007 alongside with Susana Gaudencio both responsible for the project Pessoa Colectiva since 2010. Currently manages with Manuel Mesquita, the program of artistic residencies Moinho da Fonte Santa, in Alandroal. Her work is included in António Cachola, EDP Foundation and Ilídio Pinho, RAR Group and PLMJ collections.