Each Mirror Has Two Sides is a project based on the meeting of Paulo Lobo and Juana Valença. Two photographers with two different visual universes, two manners of pondering the meaning of the images. There will be two cameras, one for each one of them, provoking a kind of mirror effect, and they want to explore their behaviour and how their bodies and souls interact with the elements around them.
With this project, they also want to explore the place itself, the Kulturfabrik, a place that has a great history of transformations, evolving from a place of death (old slaughterhouse) to a place full of life and all kinds of art. Paulo Lobo and Juana Valença want to see how it feels to play with such different feelings, with so much energy, memories. The aim of this photo project is to make something different, something experimental, a photo shooting where they can be free to be fully creative and intuitive, even visceral.
The idea was to make several shootings on the spot between November 2020 and February 2021, with the two photographers being present at each shooting. And now, they are presenting the results with an exhibition at Kulturfabrik as a manner of concluding the cycle of their work together.
> Official Opening: 1st April + DJ Set by Paulinska (6pm-9pm)
In order to respect the sanitary restrictions, registration to the opening is mandatory. Visits are limited to 10 people and will take place in 30 minute slots between 6pm and 9pm. The time slots are: 6pm - 6:30pm - 7pm - 7:30pm - 8pm - 8:30pm
To register, please send an email to mateusz[at]kulturfabrik.lu specifying your name and the chosen time slot. Wearing a mask is mandatory.
> Opening hours: April 2, 2021 (2pm-9pm) / April 3, 2021 (4pm-9pm). In order to respect sanitary restrictions, visits are limited to 10 people. Wearing a mask is mandatory.
Paulo Lobo was born in Baixa da Banheira (Portugal), in 1964. At the age of 6, his parents emigrated to Luxembourg. At a very young age, he became passionate about photography and trained in this art as an autodidact and through several workshops, in particular with Bernard Plossu and Jonns Fregence. He has held several solo and group exhibitions, including : Ó gente da minha Terra (Instituto Camões Luxembourg, 2003); Fado, le vertige de lâme (Centre des Arts pluriels, Ettelbruck, 2006); Terra de Vida (Kulturfabrik, Esch / Alzette, 2006); Coffee Talks (Instituto Camões Luxembourg, 2010); La face cachée des mots (Cdmh Dudelange, 2012); Última estação: Esperança (Instituto Camões Luxembourg, 2013); ReCriar (Fábrica Braço de Prata Lisboa, 2018).
Since 2005, Paulo Lobo also has a blog titled “Voyages en suspens”, with various writings on culture, photography, cinema. Since 2007, he is journalist and photographer for the “Wunnen” architecture magazine. Since 2013, he is a member of Street Photography Luxembourg.
Juana Valença was born in Recife, the north-eastern coast of Brazil. With a degree in Physiotherapy and a Pilates background, she’s been going through photography as a hobby, as a passion and also as a kind of therapy. She loves portraits, landscapes and playing with geometry. The photos she takes vary with her mood: the dominant colours, the light and shadows, the ambiance. She does enjoy photographing human bodies, especially women’s. The eyes, the curves, the reliefs and the movements are the main ones to get her attention in general, always trying to keep some kind of mystery. “I prefer the natural beauty to be shown, as well as our eventual sufferings, the connection with our nature and with our own body, our home.”