Graciela Machado

Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto

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Graciela Machado was born in Porto 1070, Portugal. She graduated in Fine Arts Painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, and did her Master in Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art London . She holds a PhD in Drawing from University of the Basque Country in Spain, with a thesis on “Time representation within the image” . She was a Research Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Foundation for Science and Technology. She is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and an integrated researcher in the Research Institute in Art, Design and Society (I2ADS). PURE PRINT/i2ADS coordinator , an international Printmaking meeting and research plataform in the context of expanded Printmaking, she has dedicated to develop methods of research aiming to reassess historical techniques of image reproduction . Her interest, the practice of Printmaking, her presence in the print studio, time, and the way these themes can rest on the images. produced by graphic and photographic media. Through a methodology based in technological archeology , she has been involved in experimental research projects based in the history and practice of 19th and 20th Century photomechanical printing processes up to electing other more obscure historical methods including gillotage, papyrography, photo enamel and their recreation as a source for reeinventing a 21st century print and drawing based practices. Her research has led to new insights into the physical history of these processes and created sustainable methods based on local resources , craft and cultural heritage. All along, she dedicates to making available, through systematic recreations , these extensive technological reconstructions by publishing manuals. The research also moves to ensure artistic research , based in printmaking historical practices may include new means and processes for documenting, reproducing, preserving specimens and caring of a range of artworks and artefacts . These include making hand tools and printing devices, formulating special inks, transforming paper and proposing new metal grounds for hybrid printing and use them in workshops, videos, publications. By transferring the principals of historic printmaking methods, combined with the study of Drawing, Painting, and Photography common solutions, her research aims to combine and allow a new range of experimental projects . Her poetic research focuses on the reverence for reproduction and its mutability, the plasticity of the image torn away from unrecognized processes, the materiality of the image based in situ research. She developed artistic residencies at Art Studio Itsukaichi Japan, Franz Masereel Centrum Belgium, Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos Tavira Printmaking.


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