C&: You have lived in various countries and continents. How has that shaped your practice in relation to the mediums you explore?
Nuno Silas: I grew up in 1990s Maputo, a postcolonial, cosmopolitan modern city with a vibrant cultural scene. Since an early age, I have been interested in travelling. As I grew up, I decided to fulfil my quest to go through different experiences and cultures. Being in different places and cultures affects how we understand the world. I sometimes propose to myself that I work with this provisional understanding of places that I’m in, mixed with my cultural background. I’m mostly interested in psychic automatism exercises and in photography, which offers a fictional idea of something or a feeling. Consequently, it offers a range of possibilities to create new discourse and meaning. However, sometimes I try to avoid overthinking, since I work with interior impulses: rephotographing, overlapping, pixelating my portrait, and subsequently layering and making visual representations associated with a sense of desire, asphyxiated bodies, violence, and sometimes spiritual forces operating inside the body.