Fossil by James Newitt.

July 19 - August 29

Fossil (2019) was commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sidney for the group exhibition “The National 2019: New Australian Art” and entirely filmed at Carpintarias, and will now be presented for the first time in Europe in the format of an installation present on the different floors of the Cultural Center: on the Groundfloor (Piso 0), the film can be seen as a large-scale projection, and on Piso -1, there will be a more immersive experience for the visitor revisiting the original space that originated Fossil.

Fossil is a short film that explores the lapses in memory and the gaps in language of a person who is recovering from trauma. The film follows a series of tensions between two men, one older than the other. More affectionate than aggressive, even though it is not clear how the men are related, there is clearly a co-dependency at play.


4K 4:3, 22 mins, surround sound

Performers: Anton Skrzypiciel and Romeu Runa
Director of photography: Mário Melo Costa
Production: Anže Peršin, Stenar Projects
Sound recording: Bernardo Theriaga
Soundtrack and mix: Jon Smeathers
Production assistant: Elise Paixão
This project was commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the exhibition, “The National 2019: New Australian Art.”
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
This project was supported by the Centro Cultural Carpintarias de São Lázaro, Lisbon.

Resumed Biography:
James Newitt (1981) lives between Lisbon (Portugal) and Hobart (Tasmânia). As a visual artist and filmmaker, he has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and Europe. He has been awarded international studio residencies in Los Angeles and Liverpool, UK through the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Samstag Scholarship to participate in the Maumaus Independent Study Program in Lisbon. In 2010 he won the City of Hobart Art Prize and in 2009 he was awarded the Qantas Foundation, Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award.
James has lectured in Time Based Media, at the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts and has been a visiting professor at the City University of New York and the Tromsø Art Academy, University of Tromsø, Norway.




In September, Carpintarias de São Lázaro partner up with OperaFest Lisboa 1st edition - the new Opera Festival in town - that happens between MNAA’s gardens and Carpintarias, from August 21 to September 11.

Program at Carpintarias de São Lázaro


Tosca, Puccini. Filme de GIANFRANCO DI BOSIO
7 e 11 SET - 21h30

Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni. Filme de FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI
8 e 10 SET - 21h30

Fidélio, Beethoven. Filme de ERNST WILD
9 SET - 21h30

Conferences (in PT):

Dramaturgia na Construção de uma Ópera
Debate (Ópera Satélite)
6 SET - 17h00

Mulheres à Beira de um Ataque de Nervos
7 SET - 18h00

Jogos de Vida
9 SET - 18h00

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