!peeeb, 2018


Original footage is recorded in Cambui and shows supporters celebrating in typical fashion, shortly after the Brazilian football team had beaten Croatia 2-0 in their opening group match at the 2014 World Cup. 


Brazilian national team colours adorned; synonymous since 2013 in Brazil, with right-wing politics. Those who supported campaigns against Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and Lula da Silva (imprisoned April 2018) wore national team football shirts as a way of demonstrating allegiance. Bolsonaro’s election victory was celebrated in precisely the same way...

#EleNão, 2018

One day protest challenge: up early in the morning, to make protest material, catch public transport to Trafalgar Square with large-scale protest material and camera, protest against fascism as part of Women against Fascism; film and photograph everything, return home and edit a film, film must convey the correct message and demonstrate it, film must be art and it must be on social media before bedtime.

gandaia..., 2018

Darren O'Connor, 'still from', 2018

a collage film, screened in Brazil (January 2018), made from snapshots and old video footage (100 years of ‘Carnival’) donated by local people; film explores celebration  in which people relate their lives to those around them in pictorial ways. 

 Artist Exchange: NEW BRITISH ART


 The first exchange between Abstract House and New British Art (2016) involved fabricatiing a machine, from which a large clay bell was pressed. Mark Halliday and Darren O'Connor began a long drawn-out process in cold wet February and after several returns to the foundry, transported a plaster mould to London in late May.

Darren O'Connor sculpture 'clay Bela' 2016

3 9 7  G a l e r i a

artist Darren O'Connor, untitled photograph/performance, Brazil, 2013

397 Galeria is an experimental artist-led space founded in November 2013 as the first ever art gallery in Cambui. Marcia Louzada was invited to transform a small town house by Tota Morais who is a local artist and musician. The first exhibition was his first solo exhibition and it was entitled Olhos abstratos (im)possiveis conversars; curated by Marcia Louzada it was such a resounding success they decided to invite other practitioners to exhibit at the space. 397 continued to stage five multi-disciplinary events with in its first year bringing together British and Brazilian artists working alongside musicians from the local area.

G a l e r i a  B a z a r  d o  L e ã o

C a m b u í 1, 2, 3.

Cambuí 123 is a retrospective exhibition curated by Marcia Louzada in collaboration with Conselho Municipal do Patrimônio Histórico e Cultural de Cambuí e pela Secretaria de Educação.

Cambuí has always been a major focus for its artists; their work created over the past century is an archive through which we are able to trace  change in a detailed way, since the town was founded in 1892. Cornélio Lambert’s photography is central to this exhibition; it describes Cambuí in its raw infancy and provides us with a valuable insight of those early times when despite great political uncertainty a small town begins to thrive.

Ownership of Cornélio Lambert’s portfolio is the subject of a protracted legal dispute.

we work with:

   The park at Morro  da Queimada, MG, Brazil  2009

 UTSHA Foundation.for Contemporary Art, Odissa

New British Art,' Blue Hangar Project', 2012

New British Art Blue Hangar Project 2010-2012