Vila Real – Portugal 1977.
Carla Cruz is currently researching as a MPhil/PhD in art practice at Goldsmiths University of London (since 2009). MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam The Netherlands, 2003. Degree in Sculpture by the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, Portugal 2001.
Member of several national and international art collectives, such as ZOiNA, Caldeira 213, ROOM, CLANITICA, Ateliers Mentol, Switch Metaphors, Identidades, Palindromes and AC.
Manages the blog and exhibition project All My Independent Women on art and gender and the critical blog Porto Público on participation, public space and politics.
“Carla Cruz’s work, sometimes strikingly visible, sometimes no more than a rumor, is concerned on the social constructions that we make and reassert everyday in the attempt to question and even undermine these constructions. Being those construction gender related, or about European Identity or even the privatization of the public sphere and the notion of citizenship. The viewer, participant or passer-by is normally trapped by the anodyne visuals and forms of her work that usually carry less innocent content, into pondering his values and pre-conceptions with what is presented by her work.”
This statement written many years ago by my friend Suzanne van Rossenberg is still the best rendering of my practice.