Between 1 November and 20 December 2017 Sophie Mallett undertook a Triangle Fellowship at HANGAR, Lisbon, Portugal.
About Sophie Mallett
Sophie Mallett is a London based artist. Her practice is concerned with forms of belonging and exclusion, and how these manifest through national borders, capital and migration. Through music, radio, video and installation she pursues a practice focused on sounds’ intersection with affect, politics and value, concentrating on the connections between sound, music, history and place.
During her time at HANGAR artist Sophie will develop National Anthems, an ongoing artistic research project around borders, surveillance and sounds. It explores ideas of capital and migration through national anthems which, she believes, simultaneously include and exclude by singing borders into existence.
Her new work focuses specifically on coastal locations to enquire how collective identity and belonging are shaped by our relationship to bodies of water, and how coastal locations and port towns have a continuing role in perpetuating colonial legacies. During the residency she will focus on patterns of behaviour, inherent to all coastal towns, to look at landscape as a tool for determination and resistance.
HANGAR is an Artistic Research Center located in Graça, Lisbon. HANGAR includes a center of exhibitions, artistic residencies, and artistic studies. It is also a center of education, talks, and conversations that unify geographic locations, cultures and identities and stimulate the development of artistic and theoretical practices.
HANGAR also seeks to organize and produce the development of artistic inter-disciplinary projects and visual arts projects that focus on Lisbon as a central backdrop for contemporary culture.
HANGAR is an independent space managed by artists and curators. It is a place for experimentation, research, and reflection artistic practices. This space is a point of convergence of various areas of contemporary artistic processes.
Sophie Mallett's writes about her experiences during her residency:
I am currently developing a new body of work comprised of text, image and objects. The work interrogates locations where histories of empire leave remnants of migration and capital flow on the land.
While in Lisbon I conceived a new video work - a speculative future where jellyfish are the protagonists of a new world order brought about by a shutdown of our global ocean current systems. Inspired by the ideas of Benedict Anderson and Ursula Le Guin, the video takes a sideways look at how collective identity is shaped by our relationship to pre-existing geological (and sometimes mythological) forms. I’m experimenting with a kind of anthroposcenic determinism.
The HANGAR residency became a space to start research; film on location; test material forms for sculptures; and create props for use within the new work.
To find our more about Sophie's practice, please visit her website.