Raquel André is a collector of rare things. In Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro, Loulé, Minde, Paredes de Coura, Sever do Vouga, Ovar, Manaus and Barreiro, she has “collected” over 130 meetings. People of all nationalities, gender and ages agree to meet her at someone’s flat. In each city where the performance travels, it collects more lovers and accumulates new meetings. Raquel’s collection is a reflection on intimacy that is explored one-to-one, and amplified for the stage. The photographs and details of these meetings tell a story about what this collection of relationships may mean. Each time the door opens for a new lover, she dives into an abyss that is the other, and reality and fiction merge. Each encounter is real; the flirtation is real; the intimacy may feel more real than fiction; and Raquel, the obsessive collector, holds on to the moments of each meeting, the rare objects of her peculiar collection, ephemeral and infinite.
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Raquel André studied Theater at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and holds a Masters Degree in Performing Arts (University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). She has worked with several Portuguese directors and artists, assisted curators and undertaken research into collecting the impossible.