Maria Taborda

Born and raised in Beira-Baixa. I was born in 1992, in Covilhã. I grew up on a farm near Idanha-a-Nova and when I was 10, I moved to the nearest city, Castelo Branco. There I completed the Complementary Course (8th grade) at the Regional Conservatory, in Oboe and musical studies. At the age of 18 I went to Coimbra, where I got my Bachelor degree in Artistic Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra. I had the pleasure of enjoying the benefits of an Erasmus year in Istanbul, where I had my first encounter with photography. I then returned to Portugal and went to live in Lisbon. I did a Master’s in Drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts, to explore another way of capturing the light of the world. As part of the Master’s thesis, I developed the project “Drawing, Experience and Memory: a proposal from Cova da Cova da Moura”, which was the theme of the short film “Retratos a Preto e Branco” by Rui Simões.

Along the way, I participated in the Interpretation / Staging Theater Workshop, directed by João Mota at the Comuna Teatro de Pesquisa, and for three years I have been attending a Course on Scientific Drawing at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, in Lisbon.

This year I embarked on another adventure with the Self-Editing course at Oficina do Cego, from which a small book of cyanotypes and silk-screens will soon be published.

I have worked in several artistic areas, namely illustration, photography, graphic design and performing arts.

In 2018 I collaborated with Teatro o Bando as an illustrator and graphic designer. This year were sumed our work together, this time focusing on the area of communication.