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In annual artistic residency at LAC – Laboratório de Actividades Criativas since 2021.

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Patricia Leal (Germany, 1973)

Artist, filmmaker, researcher, curator and trainer.

Se attended the independent study program in Visual Arts at the Maumaus School, the post-production course at Etic, and also studied photography at Richmond College London. In 2010 she obtained a Master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking from Goldsmiths College. She is a PhD student in Artistic Studies at FCSH / Universidade Nova de Lisboa and was awarded a grant by FCT to develop a research on the landscape of post-colonial memory in contemporary Portuguese art.

Since 2010 she has been working in the field of editing television documentaries dedicated to contemporary art. Since 2014 she is a trainer in Photography and Video at Etic- Escola de Tecnologias, Inovação e Criação (Lisbon and Faro). In 2021 she artistically curated the exhibition The Silence of the earth that crosses Diamang’s photographic archive with works of Contemporary Art. A project in collaboration with the research unit LABPT from the University of Minho and the Museum
Nogueira da Silva from Braga.

Her artwork falls within the realm of environmental aesthetics, reflecting on how we position ourselves in relation to nature, animal, plant, and organic species. In 2020, after many years living abroad and more recently in Lisbon, she returns to her origins, to the city of Lagos where she attended high school. She is currently an artist in residence at LAC, returning, also here, to photography and photographic processes. At the same time, she is developing documentary film projects on memory, heritage, and traditions within AVONDE Associação Cultural, of which she is a founding partner.

Academic Qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Arts Studies, FCSH/NOVA
MA in Communication Science – specialization Documentary, Goldsmiths University of London
Independent Study Program in Visual Arts, Maumaus, Lisbon
Post – video production and image composition, ETIC, Lisbon

Complementary Education

2019: Alternative Photographic Processes, Arco
2018: Artistic Residency for Teachers, Culturgest
2016: Writing Workshop for Audiovisual Essay, FCSH/NOVA
2016: Workshop with director Apitchapong as part of the doctoral program at FCSH/NOVA, Cinemateca de Lisboa, 2016
2015: Research Skills Development – NOVA Doctoral School
2014: Training course The teaching (through) of the documentary – Culturgest and Apordoc, Lisbondocs
2011: Pitching workshop for the documentary “Most Valuable Player”, Lisbondocs
2004: Course on Documentary Filmmaking, Municipal Videoteca of Lisbon
2003: Directing Workshop – Istituto Fellini per la Cinematografia e TV, Turin
2003: Scriptwriting Workshop at Associazione Italiana Amici Cinema d’Essay, Turin


March-April 2023: PONTO DE FUGA – Group Exhibition at Galeria 289, Faro
June-July 2022: CONTENDORES Group exhibition at Espaço The Hood, Lisbon,
May-June 2022: ARITMIAS – Group Exhibition at aSede, Porto
April-May 2022: LAC + ACERVO – Group Exhibition at Galeria 289, Faro
January-March, 2022: LOCALART – Exhibition of local artists, Centro Cultural de Lagos
June 2021: PRALAC – Exhibition of LAC’s resident artists, Centro Cultural de LAgos
April 2019: QUE VIENE LA ULTRADERECHA – ABM Madrid Space
January 2009: CITÉ RADIEUSE – Curated by Jürgen Bock, Lumiar Cité Gallery, Lisbon
January 2009: CORDIAL INVITATION – Curated by Vítor Pinto da Fonseca, Beatrice Catanzaro and Dani Soter, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon
November 2007: TUDO MENOS A PALAVRA ?… – Curated by Jürgen Bock, – Instituto Camões, Lisbon
November 2007: ATÉ À ÚLTIMA SÍLABA DE TEMPO GRAVADO – Espaço Avenida 211, Lisbon
July 2006: COMPOTA – Greenhouse of the Bissaya Barreto Museum House, Coimbra
2004: PROFUMO DI DONNA – Amantes Turin Gallery
2004: REXISTENZ – Artenero Gallery / Col del Lys Landart exhibition

Fellowships and Residencies

2021-current: Artist residency at LAC – Laboratório de Artes Criativas de Lagos
2014-18: FCT PhD Grant
2011: Artist residency at Apexart, New York
2006: Flow of Europe Residency, OffOn Film Festival, Warsaw
Bridge Project: Richard Foreman Film and Theater Residency, Lisbon


2017: Sophia Award Best Documentary Feature: Mudar de Vida, José Mário Branco, Life and Work
2016: Loop Barcelona Award for Ângela Ferreira’s video Adventures in Mozambique and the Portuguese Tendency to Forget
2009: Honorable Mention in the Photography Contest Behind the Curtain, promoted by Centro Cultural do Cartaxo
2007: Premio Cineclubes Primeiro Olhar of Encontros de Viana in 2007 for the documentary Minotauro
2006: Best Photography Award, API – Portuguese Association of Image by the video Water


Gentes do Cabo – The Lighthouse Keepers of the Southwest Algarve (2022), documentary by Patricia Leal and Vera Abreu

Yesterday is not today, (2022) short fiction film about the problem of water scarcity by Patricia Leal and Beatriz Cardoso

Viver do Quê – Memórias de uma vida de trabalho no feminino (2021), documentary

Espelho Meu, Espelho Meu (2018), a documentary about artist Joana Vasconcelos’ exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2018.

The Making of a Comeback (2013), a documentary about the return to the stage of fado singer Paulo Bragança

Pedras (2013), a documentary about the artistic creations and communications and other events that take shape at the Pedras d’Água Festival – an initiative of c-e-m centro em movimento (Lisbon-Portugal).

Grace (2010), documentary – Exploring the landscape of memory: the photographic process as an analogy for the act of remembering:
– Panorama – Screening of Portuguese Documentaries, S. Jorge Cinema, 2011 Jorge, 2011
– FIKE, Official Selection Évora International Short Film Festival, 2010

Lumiar cite (2008), fiction
Lumiar Cité Gallery, Lisbon

Making of (Music Box) (2007), documentary about the shooting of David LaRua’s short fiction film
Portuguese Documentary Film Screening

Minotaur (2006), documentary
Encontros de Viana, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Setúbal Experimental Video and Short Film Festival
Vilnius Short Film Festival
Setúbal Experimental Video and Short Film Festival
Artfest, CAE Auditorium-Tavira; Cine-Teatro António Pinheiro-Setúbal; Fórum Luísa Todi-Portalegre

Water (2006), fiction
OffOn Film Festival

Imagery Incubator (2006), fiction
Festival Temps d’Image – Chiado Museum, Lisbon