Telenovela is the latest project from Manchester and São Paulo-based artist Lowri Evans, blurring fiction and documentary to create an online art soap opera, which launches on the full moon of Sun 5 Feb.
Set between Brazil and the UK, Telenovela spans 16 short episodes made out of Lowri’s life and sketchbooks (and the gap between them). As with all good soap operas, viewers can expect heartache, adventure and cliffhangers, alongside explorations of memory, fantasy and reality.
The series will conclude with an in-person “binge watching session” followed by Q&A in Cinema 2 at HOME at 6pm on Sun 5 Feb.
Much of the story is set in São Paulo, and the theme music for the series is an original piece by Brazilian musicians Cristinas Cantam. The online version of Telenovela will also be available with Brazilian Portuguese subtitles, translated by writer Leda Cartum. Northern-based digital creatives are working on the project including Lisa Mattocks, Holly Close, Laura Skilbeck, Ella Otomewo and LGBTV. The soundtrack is composed by Andrew Heath.
Telenovela is commissioned by HOME and Islington Mill. It is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Poster design by Lisa Mattocks.