Meet our Artist in Residence Inês Marinho from Portugal

  Left side: Example of a path I used to take in Vila do Conde, from my home to the Vila do Conde Metro station (1.21 km).    Right side:   Example of a familiar path to be taken in Kristiansund. 

Left side: Example of a path I used to take in Vila do Conde, from my home to the Vila do Conde Metro station (1.21 km).   
Right side: 
Example of a familiar path to be taken in Kristiansund. 

Her biggest concern is falling on the ice and breaking her camera. Leaving her comfort zone and working in a different environment did not stop the Portuguese photographer Inês Marinho (27) to apply for our Photography Artist Residency. Now she's arrived and we want to know more about her plans for the stay  and her project "From my home to yours" that will end up in an exhibition at the Nordic Light Gallery. 

The Portuguese photographer Inês Marinho arrived Kristiansund as the second Nordic Light Artist in Residence earlier this week. She will live and work here for the next couple of weeks, have an exhibition during the Opera Festival and conduct one or more workshops.  

Inês, welcome to Kristiansund! What’s your first impression? 
– It’s a very beautiful town! I love the proximity to the sea, I’m always more comfortable close to it.

Have you ever been to Norway before?
– I’ve been to Oslo and Bergen for a few days back in 2011. I’m very happy to return to a different town.

How did you find out about our Artist in Residence project and the possibilities for coming to Norway to work? 
– I first read about the call for entry on the “The Curator Ship” Facebook page. I sought more information and decided to apply.

– I’m always interested in leaving my comfort zone and working in a different environment. For this specific opportunity, I was very happy for it to be in Norway as it is somehow related to my grandfather’s life history — which is something I’m trying to explore and narrate in another project. Also, there are so many differences between life in Norway and in Portugal: the architecture, nature, urban planning, the people, the weather. I’m interested in experiencing this contrast.

What do you expect from your stay here? 
– I hope to make a body of work that I’ll proud of and that represents this experience, meet and connect with different people, explore Kristiansund’s nature and geography.

I look forward to having a connection and a strong relation with the town and its people, so I can create a project that involves not only my personal memories and feelings, but also the community’s. I also aim to explore the town and areas around, learn and photograph a lot! 

Any concerns?
– Not really … Well, photographing in the cold which I’m not used to, falling on the ice and break my camera …  

How did you start with photography?
– I’ve been interested in photography from an early age, but I started more seriously when I was taking analog photography classes. For me, it was about the magic that happened in the darkroom. Later, when I was living and working as a graphic designer in Sofia, my favourite time was before and after work, when I could document life in and around Bulgaria. 

I figured out that I should just keep doing it and that was when I decided to take a Master’s degree in photography in Madrid. In general, what attracts me to photography is its process, trying to figure things out, to look further, to discover more about me and what’s around. 

What inspires you in your work?
– Nature, the sea, memory, mystery, storytelling in general, people’s stories and their relationship with their environment.

You have been doing many kind of projects. What are you most proud of in your career so far? 
– I’m most proud of my project “Hands remember” that I started in Madrid. This is a project about blind people’s visual memories. I had a short period of time to accomplish it, I had to find blind people who agreed to be interviewed, talk to people in a language I wasn’t comfortable with, and make the photographs. I was most happy about the people I met who held normal lives but were incredibly fascinating and inspiring.

What do you plan to photograph during your stay in Kristiansund? 
– My plan in Kristiansund is to walk the same routes I did frequently in my hometown during my childhood and teenager years: from my home to school, to friends ’s houses, to the beach and so on, and shoot whatever I find: the landscape, the people I encounter, the snow, the different trees … I’m hoping to achieve different experiences and situations.

How will you approach the local community and get the people here engaged in your work? 
– I will approach people like I did in other projects, where I may just stop whoever I find interesting, have a conversation, ask for a portrait. I like the spontaneity of it. 
Also, I hope people will come to the exhibition and recognize a different experience in their own town.

Finally, what are your long-term plans and dreams? 
– Overall, to keep feeling fascinated by photography and keep learning. There are a few projects I have planned that I hope I can follow up soon, such as continuing with the “Hands remember” project in other cities and collaborate with artists from different fields. Also, more travelling, more art residencies, more projects. 

I‘m also interested in editorial design, so I’m hoping to be able to self-publish my story “At the sea” – whenever it is ready, and be able to reach more people.

Thanks, Inês, we’re really looking forward to your stay and the exhibition opening on February 2nd. Good luck! 

The Artist in Residence project is supported by Møre og Romsdal fylkeskommune.

FROM MY HOME TO YOURS – Inês’ project for her stay in Kristiansund. 

I was born in Vila do Conde, a small coastal town in the north of Portugal. From the hospital where my mum gave birth to me, I moved to Júlio Sául Dias Avenue Number 403, where I lived for many years. 

I went to primary school in Benguiados street. In the afternoons, I went most often to the swimming pool in Mestre António Samuel street, and to the sports hall for gymnastic practice in Dom Sancho I street. For basic and high school, I walked to the Afonso Betote Avenue. It was so closed to home, it hardly took me 5 minutes to get there. Some years after, I was just exercising swimming and the practice was held in the town nearby, on the Varzim Sport Club street in Póvoa de Varzim. Most of my friends lived on Benguiados street and we used to play there, in their house’s basements and run around the corn fields of the neighbours’. 

During the Summer, I would usually go to the beach called “Turismo” in Brasil Avenue and stay there until sunset. With friends and family, we would have many Summer parties at my cousin’s holiday home on Ferrol street. 

Some years later when I went to college, I would walk or cycle to the metro station to take the train to Porto. 

Those were very familiar routes. I could probably walk them with my eyes closed. What if I take all these paths in the town of Kristiansund? Where will they take me? What will I find? 
— Inês Marinho

My idea for the residency in Kristiansund is to transfer these familiar routes onto the map of Kristiansund, to take these well-known paths in a unknown Norwegian town and appropriate it as my home. In this way, I will discover Kristiansund through the paths I used to take in Vila do Conde, and connect to this foreign town by the different routes I took through the various phases of my life. I will start each path in the same place (my accommodation/home in Kristiansund) and walk from there. 

In these expeditions, I will be using photography and video and I intend to get involved with, not only the geography and landscape of the town, but also with its community. 
With this approach, I intend to interpret and question the definitions of visual and life experience. This residency will culminate in an exhibition showcasing a selection of photographs and some videos 



Inês Marinho (27 years) is a photographer from Vila do Conde in Portugal.

She studied communication design in the Fine Arts school in Porto and professional photography in IED - Madrid. From an early age, she’s been fascinated by stories, both in books and films. Today she uses photography as the basis for her own storytelling. 

Photography is her way to discover, explore and express herself and the reality around her. Her work focus on editorial and documentary photography.