“It was only a moment for you”, Candice Lin

postOpening October 24th, 4pm

Los Angeles based artist Candice Lin’s solo exhibition “It was only a moment for you” is the core of the curatorial project presented at CAAA, from October 24th to December 6th 2015, by Valdívia Tolentino, Luís Pinto Nunes and Luís Albuquerque Pinho. With Lin’s solo show as the project’s foundation, the program unfolds itself in two distinct, yet complementary parts.


From October 24th to December 6th, the visitor is invited to an immersion in Lin’s research-based process. The solo exhibition “It was only a moment for you” is a complex web of references tracing the notion of verticality and horizontality in sources as disparate as Chris Marker’s film Sans Soleil (1983), Edouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation, Graham Harman’s books Guerilla Metaphysics and Weird Realism.

Opening October 24th until November 15th, Lin will also present Plants in Transition, an on-going collaboration with Patrick Staff, where the artists challenge our understanding of the body, gender and nature.

In the second part of the project, opening November 21st with the exhibition Louro e Bambú – segundo acto, figuração do exótico, curators Luís Albuquerque Pinho and Luís Pinto Nunes will interrogate and reflect on Lin’s research. This reflection is not intended as a literal reinterpretation, nor is it an attempt to contextualize Lin’s work. Rather, it constitutes an open discussion arena for other authors’ practice and investigation. Thereby the second part of the project is an invitation to interventions by the artists Catarina Miranda and Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Dário Cannatà, Inês Castanheira, Isabel Carvalho, SVÄR, along with Candice Lin, in a trans-sensorial experience, that aims to subvert the idea of exotic and the subjective lexicon associated to it.

As an interlude between the two distinct parts, on November 21 st, the program will include the screening of two selected films, referential to the project, as well as the launch of an artist book on Candice Lin’s research work for “It was only a moment for you”.


Full Program



First Part



“It was only a moment for you”

Candice Lin



Plants in Transition

Candice Lin and Patrick Staff





Publication Launch



Second Part


Louro e Bambú

– segundo acto, figuração do exótico

Catarina Miranda and Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Dário Cannatà, Inês Castanheira, Isabel Carvalho, S V Ä R, and Candice Lin





Candice Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University. Lin’s work has been recently exhibited at the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, the Delfina Foundation in London, La Maison Populaire in Paris, and Alhondiga Bilbao, Spain. Lin has been awarded several residencies and grants including the Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street (2015), the 2014 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, the Fine Arts Work Center Residency (2012), the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Borse Residency (2011), and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She is represented by Quadrado Azul Gallery in Porto and Francois Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles.





Luís Albuquerque Pinho was born in 1978. He is a licensed architect, graduated in 2001 from Universidade Lusíada in Porto. From 2000 to 2011, he worked with Isabel Furtado and João Pedro Serôdio at Serôdio Furtado Architects, in Porto. Since 2001, Albuquerque Pinho has been undertaking several projects as the other half of Garcia & Albuquerque, Architects with Jorge Garcia Pereira.

In 2010 he started a Master degree in Museology and Curatorial Studies for Contemporary Art at the Faculdade de Belas Artes, in Porto. And in 2011 joined the Curatorial Residency at Node Center Berlin, where he worked on the thematic of curating as a transversal practice. In 2012, he took part in the Independent Study Program of MauMaus, included in MOMENT #3: NOMADISM AND DISSEMINATION for the Curators’ Lab at Fábrica ASA, Guimarães. In 2014, Albuquerque Pinho attended Georges Didi-Huberman’s seminar – L’EMOCIÓ NO DIU “JO”, organized by Beatriz [Paul] Preciado upon the Independent Studies Programme – Macba, in Barcelona. He currently lives and works in Porto.





Born in 1988, Porto. Finished his BA in Fine Arts – Painting, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto in 2010. In the same year, starts his MA in Artistic Studies – Curatorial and Museological Studies. In 2012, participates in Jürgen Bock’s Independent Study Program of MauMaus, at Curators’ Lab, Guimarães Capital of Culture.

In 2009, was one of the co-founders of Heart of Glass – Associação Cultural; in 2010 was the manager and curator of the curatorial project We Are Ready For Our [Close-Up]. Since 2011, he works at FBAUP Museum developing research and documentation on the art collection and collaborating in different curatorial projects, such as Cinco Séculos do Desenho na Colecção da FBAUP [2012]. During 2012, manages and works as conservator for the collection project ATLAS – Gabinete de Desenho e Gravura, funded by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. He is also a member of the collective geada. In 2012 he is one of the co-curators of the project HóSPEDE – Ensaio Curatorial, and in 2014 collaborates with the collective Sismógrafo for the exhibition Sem Quartel / Without Mercy.

Currently, Luís Pinto Nunes is the manager and curator of the Museum and Art Collection of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto, developing different exhibition and curatorial projects, such as Pure Print – Classical Printmaking in Contemporary Art [2013], xCoAx – Computation Communication Aesthetics and X [2014 e 2015], and 520 horas – obras do acervo do Museu [2015].





Born in 1984 in the Republic of Cape Verde. In 2002 is awarded a merit scholarship by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian to pursue academic studies at the Architecture School of the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Worked in Lisbon and Paris, between 2007 and 2010, under the artistic direction of Ana Salazar, and later as member of Martine Leherpeur Conseil’s creative team.

In 2010, she initiates a Master in Art Studies specializing in Museum and Curatorial Studies, at the Fine Arts School of the University of Porto, Portugal. In 2012, together with Luís Albuquerque Pinho and Luís Pinto Nunes, she co-curates HóSPEDE – Ensaio Curatorial, Porto, Portugal. In 2012, participates in MauMaus’ Independent Study Program, coordinated by Jürgen Bock’, at Curators’ Lab, Guimarães European Capital of Culture. In 2013, concludes the MA dissertation titled To Create in the Desert of the Islands – Cape Verdean Creoleness in Creolization. Between 2012 and 2014 collaborates with Galeria Quadrado Azul, in Porto.

Parallel to the project presented at CAAA, she has been developing with Candice Lin the virtual exhibition “You are nothing or everything to her”, for the platform ArtAfrica.info, website associated to the research project Dislocating Europe, by the Centre for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon.

Currently lives in Paris and has been working for the Fondation Louis Vuitton since 2014.


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