Margarida Paiva


Margarida Paiva (1975) is a visual artist, originally from Portugal, who now lives and works in Oslo. Her video works are poetic narratives characterized by an existential contemporary solitude. The short film Every Story Is Imperfect (2012) was recognized at FOKUS 2014, at Nikolaj Kunsthal (DK). In 2007, she completed her Master’s Degree at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, which followed her studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto and the Art Academy in Trondheim.


HD Video, 3’, with sound

Traversing means to travel across or through. In this video, a young man rows a boat stuck on land. This single situation, as the man is engaged in a sort of struggle between motion and immobility, invokes themes of displacement, memory, and journey. The boat might evoke associations as a means of transport for migrants both in the past and the present. It may relate to discourses of coastal migration referring to the early human migrations across continents as well as more recent events of migration evoking stories of trauma, exclusion and survival.

In the video, the man in the boat is engaged in a struggle between motion and
immobility. listen to the sound of the waves and the oars on the water as if the boat was actually floating in the sea, though it is situated on land. We also hear voices as if someone else was there in the boat with him. this contradiction between sound and image suggests a line between the actual place and memory, the sound alluding to the man’s mind.


Installed as an indoors and outdoors projection at Stavanger Concert Hall, 7 October, 19-24.

Image: Margarida Paiva, Traversings (2017), HD Video, 3’, with sound, video still. Courtesy of the artist.