Mukandas da N’Guimbi (Messages from Homeland, in kimbundu) presents original creations by two Angolan artistas, Lino Damião and Nelo Teixeira. With a diversity of techniques, the works approach the topics of architecture and urbanism. They interpret the artists’ experiences and perceptions in informal neighbourhoods in their hometown, Luanda.
Lino Damião (Angola, 1977) is an artist. He has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Angola, Cape Verde, Macau and Portugal.
Fragmentos da minha banda
Nelo Teixeira (Angola, 1975), a self-taught artist, graduated in carpentry and set design. His work featured in the Angolan Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Cinema-Estúdio — Boper 1974
In 1973, Bauleth Eurico Gaspar commissioned a design for a new cinema building in Moçâmedes in the province of Namibe in Angola from Atelier Boper. The cinema was to play a crucial role in the development of the urban plan, which never materialised as the local population fled during the civil unrest that occurred prior to the country’s independence.
Located between Rua Major Teixeira Pinto and Av. Dona Amélia, the building designed by architect José Botelho Pereira occupies a pivotal position in the city today: to the north, the new Provincial Government building was constructed, where much of the colonial urban fabric took root; to the south, the informal city stretches out with its slums. Representing a sizeable part of the city’s built heritage and displaying undeniable architectural quality, the building’s current state of ruin and disuse offers an opportunity to reflect on its historical significance and its role in society, as well as its regenerative potential for the future.
Afonso Quintã holds an MA degree in Architecture from FAUP and studied Sustainability In The African Continent at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice (IUAV). His master's thesis addresses cinemas built in Angola from 1932 to 1975.