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  • The Portuguese Conspiracy presents Filho da Mãe & Negra Branca

    • Music
    • Saturday 10th August 2019
    • MK Gallery (Milton Keynes)
    • Doors Open - 8:00 pm
    A season of concerts and screenings throughout the Summer to complement Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance. An MK Gallery Commission, with support by the Camões Institute. Buy Tickets
  • 10th August 2019

    Filho da Mãe is Rui Carvalho’s moniker, a witty play with the words “son of a gun” that don’t hide his mesmerizing skills on the guitar. Exploring the acoustic side of the strings, Filho da Mãe melts solids and transforms space into an aquatic, beautiful world.

    Website // Youtube // Bandcamp

    Negra Branca

    Negra Branca is Marlene Ribeiro, a current member of the psychedelic group, Gnod, where she is responsible for many of the more melodic and tonal dream landscapes. In terms of her solo work she also stands out due to her tendency for producing sombre pop harmonies and deep bass lines, travelling between the swinging of an early Tricky, coral pop and the depth of favela rhythms, all coated with a sticky varnish of sweet and sour chili sauce.

    Her first solo record was a cassette released in 2013 by Gnod’s Tesla Tapes. The excellent critical reception led to comparisons with artists such as Grouper or Inga Copeland.

    Youtube // Bandcamp

    Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance at MK Gallery 

    13 June to 22 September 2019

    Showing works spanning her entire career since the 1960s, this will be the first major retrospective of Rego’s work in England for over 10 years. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs.

    About the season:

    “The events programme for the exhibition has been deeply infused by Paula Rego’s independent spirit of defiance: Collaborative, diverse and explorative, the path trailed by the generation of artists present, has been opened up and enlightened by Paula Rego’s beacon of creative autonomy and freedom.

    We feel the programme is therefore, as much an atmospheric companion for the retrospective, as it is a tribute to Paula Rego’s deep, and long lasting influence in cutting through the thick air of Portugal’s “dusty” legacy of political dictatorship at many levels. Then and now, Paula’s fearless art touches, enlightens and expands.” 

    Generously supported by Camões Institute.

    Coming Next

    17 August – Short Film Sessions

    ‘The Mesh and the Circle’, Francisco Queimadela & Mariana Caló

    ‘The Artificial Humors’, Gabriel Abrantes

    ‘Flores’, Jorge Jácome

    24 August – Rafael Toral + Favela Discos

    7 September – Norberto Lobo + Tropa Macaca

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