Our forty ninth interview in this new series of intimate interviews is with my dear friend and colleague, mobile photographer extraordinaire, Manuela Matos Monteiro from Porto, Portugal.
Monteiro has a rich photographic and art background, in the 70’s she developed her own photographic art and participated in collective and individual exhibitions. Later with the introduction of the Apple iPhone 3s, Monteiro began to explore the potential of mobile devices in relation to photography and art. She won several prizes in contests and has exhibited her art in Portugal, Brussels (European Parliament), Mozambique (Maputo and Beira), France (Paris and Bordeaux), Florence, Berlin (two photography biennials 2013 and 2016), Miami, Kansas City, Barcelona among others. She is also an artist founder of NEM – New Era Museum.
At university Monteiro studied Philosophy and Psychology and this interest no doubt assists her inner vision, with regards to her imagery. She is the author of several books on Psychology, Phytosociology and Pedagogy. She coordinated NETPROF – Portuguese Teacher’s site on the Internet and directed 2 : PONTOS magazine.
Since 2013, Monteiro along with her husband, João Lafuente, have run the galleries Espaço MIRA, MIRA FORUM and in April 2017 the gallery MIRA | performative arts, in their hometown of Porto, Portugal.
This interview is illuminating and prescient on every level whilst lavishly illustrated throughout. Enjoy!
To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry Mitchell, Filiz Ak, Dale Botha, Lisa Mitchell, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki Cooper, Peter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Whalberg, Andrea Bigiarni, Sean Hayes, Oola Cristina, Kathleen Magner-Rios, Linda Toki, Deb Field, Emilo Nadales, Lydia Cassatt, David Hayes, Jean Hutter, Frederic Deschênes, Mark Schnidman, Fatma Korkut, Fleur Schim, Rob Pearson-Wright, Dieter Gaebel, James Ellis, marco P Prado, Jeronimo Sanz and myself, go here.
All images ©Manuela Matos Monteiro