From Portugal. Lives and works in Almada.
Nuno Miguel Andrade (b. 1974) lives in Almada and works in Lisbon, where he combines his personal projects with his work as an architect. He studied photography at “Maumaus” between 1993 and 1995 and at the Atelier de Lisboa between 2014 and 2016. In the last years, he has been developing a documentary work, exploring the places and the people that inhabit the city where he lives, having the river Tagus as a guide and the reference element. His work has already been shown in Lisbon, Braga, Vila Franca de Xira, New Delhi and Goa.
In 2016 the work “Ginjal” was selected to be exhibited in the photography meetings of Braga, in the collective exhibition “Sentimental Ballads”. Also, he was a finalist at the Bienal de Fotografia de Vila Franca de Xira, 2016.
“Floresta do Ginjal” was the most famous restaurant on the pier of Ginjal, in Cacilhas. Since it first opened, in the ’40s, it became the meeting point between the two banks of the Tejo river, an undeniable choice for several lunches, parties and weddings. It has completed its cycle. The intense life is followed by decline and, inexorably, death. Four decades later, in the ’80s, it has closed its doors. The doors haven’t been opened again. Without it, the whole pier lost its former brightness.
Returning in each tide, dreams that live beyond time persist and emerge in the lives of the ones holding them. The old restaurant is reborn in the form of a ballroom. It’s a magical and mysterious place, populated by fascinating characters: Lovers, dreamers, loners, eternal seducers. They all share a time that only exists there. This work intends to portrait a place, that is part of my memory and part of the city I grew up in. Travelling to a time that was not mine, but to which I have gained access. Real lives are justified and extended in the dream. Simple desires, common ambitions. Deceiving loneliness, finding love. Dreams packed by the melodies that resonate from the pier of Ginjal.