Mariana Dias Coutinho (Lisbon, 1978) is a multidisciplinary artist, co-founder CLARA - Center for Rural Future, board member of the Project Earth Association, and founder and manager of SP121, a space for artist studios in Lisbon. From 2017-2019 she was the coordinator of the Ceramic Workshop in Mart - space for design, learning and artistic experimentation. Her work has approached the body as a device for investigating spatial contexts and their various phenomenological manifestations, reflecting on issues of limits or boundaries, their influence and our affectation. The body as a manifestation of the problematic public space and private space, its different rules and interactions, questioning the reflection of conventions and how one’s individuality is projected. Since 2008 has participated in solo and group shows, and her work has integrated several public and private collections.
Sebnem Soher’s conversation with Diogo Dias Coutinho and Mariana Dias Coutinho of CLARA – Center for Rural Future focuses on the potentials of the Odemira region in welcoming creative and artistic practices to solve the issue of desertification of the area.