Filipe Canha was born in 1983 in Porto, Portugal. Filipe Canha works on ideas such as post racism, post sexism, post civil rights and post human rights within political Performance Art, Live Art Performance and Video Art. Filipe Canha’s objectives in art production have been grounded in fracturing and provoking physical and psychological preconceptions on the human body. Filipe Canha has finished his MA studies in Visual Language of Performance Art the University of Arts London in 2010, completed his BA in Performance at Akademi for Scenekunst in Norway and attended exchange studies in Choreography at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Canha’s most noticeable works are: “The other selves – Transvestites, Prostitutes and a Lesbian” Performance in Photography from 2013; “M00-0364” Performance from 2010; “M00-0364 | Interviews”, Video Art dating 2010; “you must be awfully secure in your masculinity” a Performance and a Video Art work from 2010; “Passivity” a Live Art Performance dating 2009; “Gisberta, Transgendering & Transcending [Studies]”, a Performance from 2008; “radioactive feels” a Live Art Performance from 2008; ”Mr. Eggman” a performance dating 2007; “none metalayer”, a Performance from 2007; “... anonymously, women.” a Performance dating 2007 and “The words, the truthful words are mute.” a Performance from 2006.
Filipe Canha's continued interest in questioning discrimination within social structures and democracy, coupled with his interest in medicine science has commenced a series of transdisciplinary investigations within the mediums of installation, video, performance, photography, movement and text.
Notwithstanding, the work he has been producing comes from a solid research that is concentrated on a theoretical and analytical discussion (which emphases on political art, social art, sexuality, gender and identity) and documented through live art, transdiciplinary performance or video art using documentary sources.
Canha's research interests are the following fields: live art, performance art and transdisciplinary performance; any aspect of queer performance - performance studies and queer theory, feminist studies and performance, political art within sexuality, gender and identity. He looks at queer and feminist activist aesthetics; composition/choreography and/for performance art, live art, trandisciplinary performance; injury and/in queer performance; performative approaches to action/protest in performance and photography; relationship between difficulty and emotion in performance art, treating emotion as an artist's medium; technology and/in performance; transgenderism and performative notions of preconceived norms of masculinity and femininity.
Filipe Canha has been teaching since 2001, has been leading several workshops of his authorship since 2007 and also been and presenting his work at Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciencias Humanas da Universidade do Porto, (Center of Psychology of Porto University) since 2008. Canha has been invited by Pavlos Kountouriotis to work with students from the Advanced MA/MFA Choreographing Live Art at the University of Lincoln.
ARTICLES ON FILIPE CANHA
• Fonseca R. P. (2013) Conditions of Production and practices of reception of feminist art. Spain, Barcelona: Faculdad de Bellas Artes Universidad del Pais Vasco/EHU.