Ana Vaz

Artist and Filmmaker, Lisbon / Paris

Master Seminar

Ana Vaz (born in Brasília) is an artist and filmmaker whose films, installations and performances explore complex relationships between environments, territories and hybrid histories pushing the boundaries of our perception. Assemblages of found and shot materials, her films combine ethnography and speculation in exploring the frictions and fictions imprinted upon situated spaces and their multiple inhabitants.

Her films have been showed internationally in film festivals and institutions such as the Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume, LUX Moving Images, New York Film Festival, TIFF Wavelengths, BFI, Cinéma du Réel, TABAKALERA, Courtisane, amongst others. Specific focuses on her work have been developed in seminars and gatherings such as the Flaherty Seminar (USA), TIFF Lightbox (Canada), Doc’s Kingdom (Portugal), Curto Circuito Film Festival (Spain) and Massart Film Society (USA). Her work has recently featured in group shows such as Eco-visionaries at MAAT (Portugal), What are the Clouds? at WKV Stuttgart, Videobrasil at SESC Pompéia (Brazil), Moscow Biennial of Young Art and Espace Khiasma (France). Ana is also a founding member of the collective COYOTE along with Tristan Bera, Nuno da Luz, Elida Hoëg and Clémence Seurat, a cross-disciplinary group working in the fields of ecology, ethnology and political science through an array of cross-cutting platforms. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of artistic excellence and innovation in her moving-image work. Since 2016, she has been dedicated to developing her first feature film, The Voyage Out, a speculative fiction around the birth of a new land after the toxic accident of March 2011 in Fukushima (Japan). In collaboration with Nuno da Luz, the project expands in manifold incantations (installations, performances, a radio series) that explore the limits of our sensorial capacities through acoustic and visual experiences.