Rui Mourão ventures himself in an emotional journey into the religious syncretism of Cuban's "Santerism". Santerism is a religious cult that combines African and catholic myths and divine iconographies, generated throughout history, by a process of resistance to the colonial and postcolonial repression. Mourão's video La Milagrosa leads the spectator in a visual journey from the private rituals of a "santera", into one of the largest processions in Cuba and one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Latin America, Cementerio Colón, in Havana.
Rui Mourão (Portugal, 1977) studied Contemporary Art Theory and Photography at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, 2000) and Acting / Cinema at Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya (Barcelona, 2002). He studied Visual Arts at Maumaus - Visual Arts School (Lisbon, 2007) and at Malmö Art Academy (Sweden, 2008). He made a Postgraduate in Digital Visual Cultures and an MFA in Anthropology, both at ISCTE (Lisbon, 2013).
His work has been shown in several countries – like Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, USA and UK – in venues such as: i'klectik Art-Lab (London, 2015); Cultural Centre Vila Flor (Guimarães, 2015); National Museum of Contemporary Art - Chiado Museum (Lisbon, 2014); Espaço do Conhecimento - UFMG Museum (Belo Horizonte, 2014); Quadrum Gallery (Lisbon, 2013); MMG (Budapest, 2012); Palazzo Albrizzi (Venice, 2012); National Museum of Ethnology (Lisbon, 2012); Block T (Dublin, 2012); LAB (Guimarães - European Capital of Culture, 2012); Ateliers de la Ville (Marseille, 2011); Plataforma Revólver (Lisbon, 2011); Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, 2010); National Palace of Sintra (Sintra, 2009); Orient Museum (Lisbon, 2009); CAPC (Coimbra, 2009); Koh-i-noor, (Copenhagen, 2008); National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, 2008); Sala do Veado, MNHNC (Lisbon, 2008); Monkey Town (New York, 2007); to name a few. Rui Mourão was selected to: the Portuguese national show of Young Creators, video section (2006 and 2007); Anteciparte - A Selection of Portuguese Up Coming Artists (2009); LOOP - The Video Art Festival (Barcelona, 2007 and 2008); FUSO – The Lisbon International Video Art Annual (where he received the Audience Award, 2010); and Budapest City Hall art residences exchange programme (2012). He presented his first film at the Portuguese Cinematheque - Museum of Cinema (2013), nominee to Queer Lisboa Festival in the category Best Documentary (2013).