João (Lisbon, 1989) is an artist and researcher currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. Attended Fine-arts at Lisbon’s Academy of Fine Arts from 2008 to 2010, eventually moving to Caldas da Rainha, having graduated from his BA in Industrial Design in 2013 from ESAD. In 2014, Joao moves to London to pursue an MA in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins, UAL which he graduated in 2016.

He worked as a Designer for the studio KRAM/WEISSHAAR, (2014-2015) and several clients as a freelance designer and as a researcher, including for the Camden Council (2015), the Design for Social Innovation Lab (2016) and Canon (2016-2018). He was part of a Residency at the Olympic Park in Hackney, in collaboration with Public Works (2015). He was a speaker at Darefest in Antwerp (2016), and an Original Portuguese Project consecutive finalist in 2014 and 2015 attributed by Serralves Foundation. He has exhibited in London, Athens, Lisbon, Porto and Caldas da Rainha, including at Lisbon’s Triennale of Architecture (2013), The Institute Effect exhibition curated by Dani Admiss (2013), The Intelligent Optimist at London Design Festival curated by Ulrike Oberlak (2016).

In 2019, João shifts towards dedicating exclusively to his artistic practice.

This practice is deeply research-based, borrowing experience as a designer and researcher, with particular interest on a hybrid documentary-fiction practice, that functions as ambiguous and open-ended archaeology, focusing on the effects and implications of industry and technology by looking at the large ecology of human and non-human actors and the problematics of human intervention. Other themes include a particular interest in notions of time, ruin, entropy and decay. The prefered medium spans from photography, video, sculpture and installations, writings and production of artist books.

Through his process, João is interested in the appropriation and resurfacing of archive materials and working with found footage to investigate the ambiguities between history, culture, and question the way agency shapes and mediates our identities and environments.
Currently, he is working on Anticline, a research-based project on the problematics of the marble quarrying industry in Portugal.

Born in Lisbon, 1989.
Lives and works in London, Berlin, Lisbon.


MA Industrial Design
Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London — UK

BA Industrial Design
Upper School of Arts and Design, Caldas da Rainha — PT

BA Fine Arts
Academy of Fine Arts, Lisbon University — PT 

Film Screenings

Entre Olhares, Barreiro, PT


Ológyra # 5, Siilk Gallery, Athens, GR
Riposte, curated by Eden Rabannes and Alexandra Hincapie, Private Residency, London, UK
Wish You Were Here, with Antonio Castro, Workstation Modalisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Intelligent Optimist, curated by Ulrike Oberlack, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK

Staging the Archive , Curated by Antonio Castro, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK
Wicked Products, R-Urban and Public Works, Hackney Wick, London, UK
Original Portuguese Projects 2015, at Culturgest, Porto, PT

Vortex, with Joao Timoteo and Guilherme Silva, Caldas da Rainha, PT
Dona Ivone, Caldas Late Night, Caldas da Rainha, PT
Original Portuguese Projects 2014, Culturgest, Porto, PT

The Institute Effect, curated by Dani Admiss, Triennial Architecture, Lisbon, PT
Awder, with Yuuts Ruoy, Eletricidade Estética, Caldas da Rainha, PT

Caldas Late Night, Collective Exhibition, Casa dos Artistas, Caldas da Rainha, PT


Lisbon Cine Fest - Experimental Short, Culturgest, Lisbon, PT
Prague Film Awards
- Experimental Short, Prague, CH

Original Portuguese Projects 2015 - Nominee, Culturgest, Porto, PT

Original Portuguese Projects 2014 - Nominee, Culturgest, Porto, PT


Private Collections — PT


Wicked Products, R-Urban and Public Works, Hackney Wick, London, UK

Selected Publications

1 Granary
FAKfulness Magazine
Siilk Webzine


Darefest, Antwerp, BL
Intelligent Optimist, London Design Festival, UK