Miguel von Hafe Pérez
Bartolomeu Marí i Ribas
José Manuel dos Santos
The exhibition for the 2009 EDP New Artists Award, curated by Delfim Sardo, João Pinharanda and Nuno Crespo, took place from 28 March to 10 May 2009, at the Electricity Museum in Lisbon. Gabriel Abrantes was the winner of this edition of the award, which also included as finalists the artists Sónia Almeida, António Bolota, Mauro Cerqueira, Bruno Cidra, Hernâni Gil, Margarida Paiva and Gonçalo Sena.
Gabriel Abrantes presented a video-based installation. The film, created in a "kitsch" style, was edited in three different chapters, and narrates the story of a male gay couple that decides to have a child, a desire that involves various incidents and is even marked by dramatic deaths in car crashes.
Gabriel Abrantes was born in the USA, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1984. He graduated in Cinema and Visual Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, 2006), and completed a post-graduate degree at Le Frenesnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Tourcoing). He has held solo exhibitions since 2002. He received several awards, including the Golden Leopard Award for Best International Short Film at the 2010 Locarno Film Festival, for his film A History of Mutual Respect. He lives and works in Lisbon.