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Maria Beatriz de Vilhena

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Maria Beatriz de Vilhena (b. 1991) is Lisbon based photographer, with a professional background in architecture. She studied photography at CFP Bauer Milan and holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Lisbon.

In parallel with her artistic and professional work, she has been collaborating since 2022 with the photo collective and cultural association Narrativa, as a founding member. Her photographic work explores the pluralism of human nature through belief and collective identity, as well as issues related to memory and noetic.

Her first long-term project, Fractal, a visual investigation into the heterogeneity of worship and its relationship with the city, was exhibited in Lisbon and was published by several media outlets. The same project was selected by an international jury to be presented at the Descubrimientos event at the PHotoESPAÑA photography festival, with a grant from the Embassy of Portugal in Madrid and the Camões Institute.
In 2023 she participated in the group show and book OMNIS, presenting her view on religion through an essay based on the World Youth Day. Her ongoing project, Irene, explores the role of memory in the construction of a present nostalgia, through personal photographs and family archives.