The Faces of EXD’11 feature spotlighted people related to the biennale throughout its duration. For the final week, we enquired the biennale team about their views and experience of EXD’11.
What brings you to Lisbon?
MC: I’ve been living in Lisbon for 4 years and applied to be an exhibition assistant here after being told about EXD’11 and the call for volunteers. So I was working in MUDE, assembling the Useless? exhibition, when Vera [Sachetti] invited me to be the international communication assistant after she saw my work in blogging and social media. I did both jobs until the biennale started, then permanently moved to the communication department.
SoB: I was born in Lisbon and have always lived here. I ended up in (experimenta) in 2008, after being invited by Rui Otero, Carla Cardoso and Tiago Baptista at the opening night of a project of theirs, a lost house.
MR: I was in Lisbon already, I was working at a design group when I realised it wasn’t the type of agency or work I wanted to be involved in. I was looking for something new when the opportunity to work at (experimenta) came up, in February 2003, and stayed after an interview with Guta [Moura Guedes] and Pedro Gadanho.
LS: I came to Lisbon for (experimenta), I’d just closed my design company in Caldas [da Rainha], CalDesign, and received an invitation from Carla [Cardoso], who knew about my situation and experience in this type of work.
AA: After being born in Angola, I moved to Lisbon in 1977. When I was told (experimenta) was hiring and sent my application, I received a call from Sara [Battesti] to come to an interview with Sara [Battesti] and Rute [Paredes], and started working here in March 2011.