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.

His practice often revolves around a site, both physical and conceptual; From this, he’s particularly interested in deconstructing socio-cultural, political and technological agents, towards a post-anthropocentric perspective of place, time, and history. This practice is deeply rooted on a quasi-archeological investigation, with recurring site visits, documentations and consultation of archive materials, weaving sensorial narratives, often ambiguous and fragmented.



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



Education

2014-2016
MA Industrial Design
Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London — UK

2010-2013
BA Industrial Design
School of Arts and Design, Caldas da Rainha — PT

2008-2010
BA Fine Arts
Academy of Fine Arts, Lisbon University — PT 


Exhibitions

2021
Paadman Video Event, Curated by Foad Alijani, Sharif Gallery, Tehran, IR

O sol seguido do mais velho, da ovelha e de the origin (on and on), conduzidos por klecks klecks, Curated by Pedro Huet — Sismógrafo, Casa das Artes do Porto, Porto, PT

Dip me in the river, drop me in the water!, Curated by Carolina Trigueiros, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisboa, PT

2020
Feed your Demons, Curated by Magdalena Zoledz, (Online) ONE Project London, UK

2019
Ológyra # 5, Siilk Gallery, Athens, GR
Riposte II, curated by Eden Rabannes and Alexandra Hincapie, London, UK

2016
Brain Waves: Creative Forensics, Curated by Ulrike Oberlack, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK
Organic Dictatorship, Degree Show, Curated by Matt Malpass, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2015
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, Serralves, Porto, PT

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

2013
The Institute Effect, Curated by Dani Admiss, Triennial Architecture, Lisbon, PT
Lean on A, Curated by Miguel Vieira Baptista, Experimentadesign, Lisbon, PT
Awr—der, with Yuuts Ruoy, Eletricidade Estética, Caldas da Rainha, PT

2012
Caldas Late Night, Group Exhibition, Casa dos Artistas, Caldas da Rainha, PT




Film Screenings

2021
Drama in Athens — Greek Film Archive, Athens, GR
Paadman Video Event, Tehran, IR
Lisbon Cine Fest, Lisbon, PT
Drama Short Film Festival, Drama, GR
Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest, Edinburgh, SC
FEST, Espinho, PT
Flat Earth Film Festival, Seyðisfjörður, IS
Prague Film Festival, Prague, CZ
Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival, Athens, GR
Triste Para Sempre, Lisboa, PT
Entre Olhares (Extensão), Barreiro, PT
BARCIFF, Barcelona, ES
London Eco Film Festival, London, UK


2020
Entre Olhares, Barreiro, PT


Awards

2021
Green & Short Winner — Drama Short Film Fest, Drama, GR
Experimental Short Finalist — Lisbon Cine Fest, Lisbon, PT
Quarter Finalist — London Eco Film Festival, London, UK 
Finalist, Experimental Short — Prague Film Awards
, Prague, CH

2017
iF Public Value Award 2017 — Nominee, Hannover, DE

2015
Original Portuguese Projects 2015 Finalist, Serralves, Porto, PT

2014
Original Portuguese Projects 2014 Finalist, Serralves, Porto, PT


Collections

Private Collections — PT


Residencies

2015
Wicked Products, R-Urban and Public Works, Hackney Wick, London, UK



Speaker

2016
Darefest, Antwerp, BL
Brain Waves: Creative Forensics, London Design Festival, UK


Professional Experience

2018
Canon Europa N.V., London UK


2017
World Press Photo, Amsterdam/London, NL/UK
Blubel, London, UK

2016
KRAM/WEISSHAAR, Munich, DE
Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab, London, UK
Wellcome Collection, London, UK

2015
Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab, London, UK
Camden Council — Designer-Researcher Consultant, London, UK