Julião Sarmento: Revolution and Subversion in Portuguese Video Art

Julião Sarmento

5 Dec 2019

Screening of Sarmento’s work and a talk by the director

Bush House Lecture Theatre 1,

King’s College London

6.12.2019, 18-20h


A special screening of some of Julião Sarmento’s work that openly opposed the Salazarist state repression and the profound cultural conservatism of the era. The screening will be followed by a very special talk with the director himself chaired by Bruno Marques and Érica Faleiro Rodrigues.


Programme of films:


Legs (15*). Fixed frame shooting of a sequence centered on the bare pubis of a female body. A slow and sensual alternation of forward and backward leg movement repeats indefinitely.

Portugal 1975 Dir. Julião Sarmento 3´45´´


Copies (15*)

Two naked women face each other replicating self-directed gestures and caresses. Near the end, the director steps out of his voyeuristic shadow, to turn his hand to playing the exhibitionist.

Portugal 1976 Dir. Julião Sarmento 14´23´´


Faces (15*)

Close up of an endless kiss between two women, centered on their mouths and the movement of their tongues.

Portugal 1976 Dir. Julião Sarmento 44´22´´


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