Annual Arts Exhibition between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries

A series of six exhibitions in Macau, curated by Vhils and Pauline Foessel

Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government

9 July – 9 September, 2018

On 9 July 2018, as part of the Annual Arts Exhibition between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, 27 artists will unveil new works in Macau. Curated by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils and French curator Pauline Foessel, the works will be shown across six individual exhibitions, all of which are inspired by and explore the central theme of Alter Ego.

On the conceptual theme of Alter Ego, the curators comment: “working as a sort of analytical mirror, these works take the viewer on a visually striking journey that also acts as a catalyst for internal introspection and evaluation, resulting in an experience that is as aesthetically rich as it is internally moving. While each of the of six exhibitions within Alter Ego will work as an independent concept, with its own unique character, including works and perspectives by different artists, together they will form one symbiotic collection, entwined by a common premise.”

The first exhibition, The Self, begins with an exploration of self-awareness and its role in our ability to interact with what surrounds us. The second exhibition, The Other, meanders into the idea of how we need the other in order to exist and how this impacts the way we view and perceive ourselves. The third part of this sequence, From Language to Travel, focuses on communication and immersive experiences, exploring how mutually understood forms of language allow us to establish relationships. The fourth part, Culture Clash, revolves around the contrast of miscommunication and the barriers that are created by different cultural backgrounds and experiences. The fifth exhibition, Globalisation, broadens the spectrum of analysis, looking into the concept of interaction between people and larger entities and the interchanges that occur in an increasingly connected world. The final part of the sequence, appropriately named Alter Ego, concludes the process with a thought-provoking incursion into the understanding that while we are all seemingly different, we are also all fundamentally the same.

Spread across the city of Macau and including one public art installation, Alter Ego will be on display between 9 July and 9 September, 2018.

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EXHIBITIONS & LOCATIONS (click on institution name for map):

Herberto Smith (São Tomé and Príncipe) | João Ó & Rita Machado (Portugal) | Li Hongbo (China) | Mauro Pinto (Mozambique) | Vhils (Portugal) | Wing Shya (Hong Kong)

Macau Museum of Art
Avenida Xian Xing Hai, Macau
10am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays (open on public holidays)


Abdel Queta Tavares (Guinea Bissau) | Ann Hoi (Macao) | Fidel Évora (Cape Verde) | Pedrita Studio (Portugal) | Ricardo Gritto (Portugal) | Tony Amaral (East Timor) | Xisto Soares (East Timor) | Yiu Chi Leung (Hong Kong) | Zhang Dali (China)

Old Court Building
Avenida da Praia Grande, Macau
10am – 8pm
Closed on Mondays (open on public holidays)


Marcelo Cidade (Brazil) | Yonamine (Angola)

Tap Seac Gallery
Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, 95, Macau
10am – 9pm
(open on public holidays)


Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique) | Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola) | Miguel Januário (Portugal) | Nástio (Angola)

Gallery of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau
Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, 163, Macau
9am – 9pm
(open on public holidays)


Guilherme Gafi (Brazil) | Wasted Rita (Portugal)

Taipa Houses Museum
Avenida da Praia, Carmo Zone, Taipa, Macau
10am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays


Francisco Vidal (Portugal & Angola)

Navy Yard No.1 – Contemporary Art Center
Rua de São Tiago da Barra, Macau
10am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays