João Laia

João Laia is curator and writer with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. His projects explore the embedded relations between philosophy, representation, society and technology. Recent theme exhibitions include Transmissions from the Etherspace (2017) at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D (2016) at MMOMA – Moscow Museum of Modern Art, a strategic project of the 5th International Biennial of Young Art and Hybridize or Disappear (2015) at MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. During 2012-13, Laia completed the post-graduate research programme CuratorLab at Konstfack, Stockholm. In 2014 he was in the curatorial residency programme of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. Other exhibitions, performance programs and screenings were held at Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro), Kurzfilmtage – International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Xcèntric / CCCB – The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Videoex (Zürich), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and MAAT (both in Lisbon), Cell Project Space, DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation, Delfina Foundation, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery (all in London). He is the curator of Opening at ARCO Lisboa (2017–) and member of the curatorial team of Videobrasil, a biannual contemporary art festival dedicated to the Global South based in SESC Pompeia, São Paulo (2014–). Forthcoming projects include exhibitions at Instituto Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre (Brazil), CAC – Contemporary Art Center (Lithuania) and Antenna Space (Shanghai). Laia is a contributor of Mousse magazine and collaborates with publications such as frieze, Spike Art Quarterly, Flash Art or Terremoto. He is currently editing a monograph of Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and a survey of non-Western cosmologies, both published in 2018. He lectured and was part of conferences and panel discussions at Kyoto Art Center (2018), CAC – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito (2017), KIASMA Contemporary Art Museum (Helsinki), Salon at Art Basel Hong Kong (both 2016) and JNU – Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (2015).

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João Laia


Hybridize or Disappear

MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon, 2015

Curated by João Laia

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