A trip to Lisbon


This photo series is a result of my personal experience as a Brazilian expat living in Europe who visited Portugal for the first time. The pictures here presented invite the viewer to witness what I once witnessed with my own eyes for the first time – or did I? Isn’t it all what we see just a construction, a culmination of all what we’ve seen before?





A certain ambiguity is a common ground that tight these images together. They present a stretch of the reality and they do not aim to describe it or fill in the gap between what is real and what is my perception of it – they rather open up for new possibilities and interpretations that the viewer has the freedom to fill in. In this sense, all photographic work has a potential to be surreal, given that it never presents the facts – it is always a point of view which presents relationships between elements that once were part of the reality.





* This is part of an ongoing project, which I started editing and invited a friend to collaborate. Stay tuned!

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Mariana Gil

Studied Visual Arts at the University of São Paulo, Brazil (2007/2012) and has a master's degree in Cognitive Semiotics from Aarhus University (2016). Currently lives and works in Aarhus, Denmark.

4 thoughts on “A trip to Lisbon”

  1. Wonderfully moody photographs of atmospheric places! Your lobster reminds me of A.S. Byatt’s story of an alleged sexual harassment “The Chinese Lobster” in ‘Fairy Tales for Grown-ups : The Matisse Stories’ (and I suspect you’d enjoy her ‘Little Black Book of Stories’). Your photographs transcend the usual that we see by tourists and each takes us into a situation which for me is as rich in narrative as a short story by a good writer like Byatt. Thank you for them, and I look forward to seeing more.

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    1. Thanks a lot for the insightful comment, It means a lot to me. I am really glad that you could relate to the images and make these connections, that’s a huge compliment. I’ll definitely look after Byatt’s work.


    1. Thank you so much, Selma! I am glad that you are following the process, it is so important for me to share and create a dialogue – thanks for being part of it 😉 Have a nice week!


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