Encounters between art and philosophy

Programme 1: space, place and memory
with Billy Woodberry and Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 3
13.10.2023, 18h30

Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Memories of Prison (1984), film still

Excerpts from:
Memories of Prison by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1984

Billy Woodberry, Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Artworks, especially those that comprise documentary material, can offer a particularly challenge to our sense of reality. While the indexical link to what they address grants images and sounds a specific credibility, the artist’s aesthetic, thematic and political choices and self-reflexive stance may generate a critical assessment of the very constitution of reality. At such point, art meets philosophy. To reflect on the relationship between the factual world and its subjective understanding, questioning hegemonic claims to objectivity and problematising the inherent contradictions of society are inherently philosophical issues.

The second edition of Problematising reality – Encounters between art and philosophy is a partnership between CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian, IFILNOVA (CineLab) / FCSH / UNL and Maumaus / Lumiar Cité. This is a series of six discussion sessions and four seminars taking place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, focusing on the moment when art and philosophy establish productive dialogues, proposing diverse approaches to contemporary thought.

Each discussion session starts with a partial or full screening of works of art, accompanied by a reflection led by theorists, researchers or artists. The first discussion session will take place in October with the filmmaker Billy Woodberry and the researcher Ruth Wilson Gilmore, in a reflection prompted by the screening of Nelson Pereira dos Santos's Memories of Prison (1984). The other discussions and seminars will take place in the following months and will be announced in due course. Ghalya Saadawi (Lebanon), Jihan El-Tahri (Egypt), Kerstin Stakemeier (Germany) and Sarah Lewis-Cappellari (Dominican Republic, USA), among many others, are scheduled to take part.

With Carlos Vereza, Glória Pires and Nildo Parente, Memories of Prison is an adaptation of Graciliano Ramos’s posthumously published prison memoirs. One of the great authors of Brazilian literature, Ramos was incarcerated during the Getúlio Vargas regime for being a suspected communist. Nelson Pereira dos Santos is inspired by Graciliano Ramos's journey through the penal system to conduct an investigation into its power relations the way it operates.

Billy Woodberry (EUA) lives and works in Lisbon. His work has been awarded at the Berlin International Film Festival and is part of the Library of Congress. He has participated as an actor in When It Rains (Charles Burnett, 1995) and as a narrator in Four Corners (James Benning, 1998) and Red Hollywood (Thom Andersen, 1996). His work has been exhibited at numerous venues, including Camera Austria Symposium, Harvard Film Archive, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). His films include: A Story from Africa (2019), And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead (2015) and Bless Their Little Hearts (1984).

Ruth Wilson Gilmore (EUA) lives and works in Lisbon and New York. She is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Publications include Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition (Haymarket, forthcoming); Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation (Verso Books, 2022); and Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (University of California Press, 2007). Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Recent honours include the 2022 Marguerite Casey Freedom Scholar Prize and the 2020 Lannan Foundation Lifetime Cultural Freedom Prize (along with Angela Y. Davis and Mike Davis). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Session duration: 150 Min. | M/14
Entry is free and limited to the number of seats available.

Film spoken in Portuguese and subtitled in English; the discussion will be in English, with simultaneous translation to Portuguese.

For further information, please contact:
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Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2024
Until 03.09.2023


Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Encounters between art and philosophy

Programme 4
Shot, counter-shot

Here and Elsewhere
(Ici et ailleurs, 1976)
by Jean-Luc Godard
and Anne-Marie Miéville

with Marwa Arsanios
and Ghalya Saadawi,
moderated by Stefanie Baumann

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Auditorium 2
16.02.2024, 18h30

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Sala 2, Zona de Congressos
14.–15.02.2024, 11h–13h,14h–17h


Programme 4

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Programme 2:
(de)framing the frame

Meeting the Man:
James Baldwin in Paris (1970)
by Terence Dixon

with Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
and Kerstin Stakemeier

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 2
23.11.2023, 18h30

Programme 1:
space, place and memory

with Billy Woodberry
and Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 3
13.10.2023, 18h30

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Sharjah Biennial 15
07.02. – 11.06.2023

Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Batalha Centro de Cinema, Porto


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Cosima von Bonin
Boy at Work
15.04. – 23.07.2023

15.04 | 17h00 Opening of the exhibition

20.07 | 19h00 Talk by Diedrich Diederichsen

Dozie Kanu
20.01. – 14.04.2024

20.01 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition

16.03 | 17h00 Talk between Dozie Kanu

and Simon Thompson


Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
14.10.2023 – 14.01.2024

A co-production by Lumiar Cité
and Artium Museum

[closed 23, 24, 30 and 31 December]

14.10 | 17h00 Book launch with talk between

Alejandro Cesarco and
Miguel Wandschneider

| 18h00 Opening of the exhibition


Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023


Lumiar Cité
14.10.2023 – 14.01.2024


The Educational Web
Kunstverein in Hamburg
01.04. – 06.08.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
24.03. - 24.09.2023

Artium Museum

The Educational Web
31.03. - 06.08.2023

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité is funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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