PLMJ Foundation / AiR 351 Grant 2024

Grant Recipient Announcement
Studio test for The Tale of Rusalka, visual essay for Umbigo magazine
Photo Credits Samuel Duarte

Introducing the PLMJ / AiR 351 grant recipient (2024 edition):

Lea Managil (1991, Lisbon, Portugal)

Often playing with synesthesia, sound and image, as well as smell and touch, Managil creates hybrid objects with a direct relation to space and its surrounding properties, offering the viewer a sensorial experience with a dreamlike quality. Aiming for a sense of familiarity and empathy, the artist evoques the absurd, her childhood memories and the frustrations of adulthood, mixed with trivial behaviours we all share, embodying narratives and settings familiar to the viewer. Through installation and objects, Managil provides intimate moments, gestures and reveries from everyday living.

Her work has been regularly displayed in Portuguese venues such as the galleries Balcony, Pedro Cera, Madragoa, Lehmann&Silva, and in other spaces such as Culturgest/Porto, Maus Hábitos, CAPC, O Armário, Las Palmas, Zaratan. It has also integrated important public collections such as CACE (Coleção de Arte Contemporânea do Estado), and private ones such as João Traça and António Cachola collections. Managil ́ s work was recently featured in magazines such as Umbigo, Contemporânea, Daily Lazy platform, and 2 lives project (NMV espacio, ES).

We wish to thank all 50 applicants for their participation and also our jury members (Nathalie Anglès, Isabel Carlos and Sébastien Pluot) for their valuable collaboration in the review process.

This grant is fully sponsored by the PLMJ Foundation. Artists Maria Trabulo, Márcio Carvalho and Alice Miceli have benefited from previous PLMJ Foundation / AiR 351 grants. AiR 351 is very grateful for the opportunity of working with this fantastic pool of artists.

We look forward to welcoming Lea to our Cascais headquarters for a 3 months residency starting in early September.

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