Born in Portugal in 1983.
Sílvia das Fadas (born as Sílvia Salgueiro) is a filmmaker, a researcher, a teacher, a wanderer. She studied cinema and aesthetics, committing herself to the material learning of film at The Portuguese Moving Image Archive (ANIM) and the Portuguese Cinematheque in Lisbon. Driven by a militant nostalgia, she moved to Los Angeles where she continued to craft her personal films in 16 mm, at the California Institute of the Arts. She worked as a visual history researcher for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and collaborated with Los Angeles Filmforum until her visa expired and she moved to Vienna in search of a lively film culture. There she worked as a film projectionist for the Austrian Film Museum, while teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she is currently a participant in the Ph.D. in Practice program.
She is the recipient of a Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/FLAD Scholarship, a CalArts School of Film/Video Scholarship, and a FCT Doctoral Fellowship. Her 16mm films have been shown at innumerous festivals, cinematheques and minor cinemas. She is interested in the politics intrinsic to cinematic practices and in cinema as a way of being together in restlessness and brokenness.
Sílvia das Fadas is a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in cooperation with the Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart.