13 Shots, 2018

13 Shots brings together a body of work – developed in collaboration with the Grupo Teatro do Oprimido [Group Theatre of the Oppressed] of Lisbon – that explores several aspects of individual, social, and political memory. Through performative exercises co-created by the artist and the Group in the Museum’s Multipurpose Room, the intergenerational transmission of the Carnation Revolution and the photographic archive of Gulbenkian become material for enquiring how memory is passed on through vernacular stories, images, gaps, and silences that are reproduced, filled, and reimagined collectively. Rather than trying to decipher the past or resolve the present, Aimée Zito Lema’s work attempts to render visible the complexity of the processes by which memory is transmitted and materialized through different media, images, layers, and gestures of both conflict and conviviality.


The exhibition project by Aimée Zito Lema is one of the eight chapters of the exhibition created as part of the 4Cs: from Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, a cooperative project coordinated by the Universidade Católica and co-funded by the European Union’s ‘Creative Europe’ programme. The eight chapters of the exhibition are designed with the same concept in mind – the transition from Conflict to Conviviality in a Europe facing challenges arising from new forms of conflict which jeopardise the legacy of the Union’s original project and which urgently call for alternative solutions. Through the voice of the institution writing it (Universidade Católica Portuguesa; Tensta Konsthall; SAVVY Contemporary; Royal College of Art; Fundació Antoni Tàpies; Vilnius Academy of Arts; Museet for Samtidskunst; and ENSAD), each chapter recounts its own story relating to the (im)possibilities of this transition, contributing to the production of a non-linear narrative.

Curators: Luísa Santos, Ana Cachola e Daniela Agostinho

Aimée Zito Lema
Preparations for 13 Shots, 2018
silkscreen series, print on paper
Original archive images: courtesy of the Gulbenkian Archives