Francisco Duarte Coelho
Since early childhood, Francisco Duarte Coelho (1990) has been fascinated by science, technic and mechanics, devices and machines, as well as by archeology and history. For the latter, growing up in Santarem helped: “Wherever you dig a hole in the ground here, historic traces from the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Arabs and the first Portuguese people pop up. History is really everywhere”, says Francisco Duarte Coelho who as a kid dreamed of becoming an archeologist. Later on, he fell in love with cinema and started to binge-watch the classical movies by French and Italian masters like Jean-Luc Godard and Federico Fellini.
Thus, in 2015, the would-be archeologist graduated as a film director at the Lusofona University, but he never lost his love for history, or his fasciation for all things technical. As an artist these interests culminated in an interesting body of work that is nostalgic and futuristic at once. Francisco Duarte Coelho enjoys taking us on a playful journey, whether it is through telling short animated stories, by capturing ephemera from our time through what he calls ‘digital archeology’ or by bringing back to life the kinetoscope and the flip book as narrative carriers for his thoughts and stories.