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Show RCA 2019

Joao Villas

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Major project:

Nao e Normal (It Ain't Normal)

Desova, the loss of what has been earned while gambling

Desova is a Portuguese word that has multiple meanings and lends its vigour to this film. It is the process of displacement – of being forced to move; it is the salmon finding its way back to the rivers where it was born, to lay its eggs. Against all odds, it is Dona Alice at the age of 93, returning to Portugal for the first time after 87 years in Brazil – to perform her own choreography of Ravel’s Bolero.


  • School

    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Print

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  • Collaborators

  • Mark Hodgkin, Vinicius Maffei, Daniel Giffoni, Felipe Neves and Lucas Neves
Royal College of Art