Isabel and Nuno started collaborating in 2009 with the video Paper Architecture, shown in Lisbon at Sala Bebé/Espaço Avenida. They did a studio exhibition, It’s not quite visible from here, in 2011, and in 2013 they published a booklet titled O Monumento da Praça das Águas Livres (The Monument of Aguas Livres Square) that later that year gave rise to a lecture performance delivered at Atelier Real in Lisbon. Their current, ongoing, project started in 2016 during an artist residency at Frontyard Projects in Marrickville. This project has also spawned the Tumblr account Suburban Birdspotters.
Nuno Rodrigues de Sousa’s practice consists of painting and drawings which evoke twentieth century Modernist values and ideas. At the centre of his practice is a space which oscillates between symbolism and abstraction offering many perspectives on place.
Borrowing from historical, social and cultural references associated to Ancient ruins and philosophy, architecture and failed utopian urban planning, Rodrigues de Sousa has a deep interest in geometrical forms, aesthetics and the language generated from distilled non-places found in the sketches, books and ideas of the late Geogii Krutikov, Le Corbusier, Ebenezer Howard and Antonio de Pietro Averlino (Filarete).
Rodrigues de Sousa graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of Lisbon. Forthcoming solo exhibitions ‘Laws of Growth’ at Cox Gallery, Canberra, ACT and ‘Forms and Echoes’ at Wangaratta Regional Gallery, Victoria.
Isabel Brison is an artist and a web developer who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the University of Lisbon and Masters in Communication Science and Media Art from the New University of Lisbon.
Brison’s solo exhibitions include “Relatório Incompleto Sobre os Usos do Impossível” at Next Room, Lisbon (2013) and “O Futuro da Vida Urbana em Ruínas” at Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2012). Her work was shown in the group exhibition “Expanded: Fiction and Fabrication in Post-Digital Architectural Photography” at MAAT, Lisbon (2019).
Brison currently lives and work in Sydney and has works held in Public Collections such as Fundação Coca-Cola, Spain, Fundação PLMJ, Novo Banco and MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal.