João Laia

João Laia is Chief Curator at Finland’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. 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, 5th International Biennial of Young Art and Hybridize or Disappear (2015) at MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art, 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. He co-curated the 19th and 20th editions of the Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil (2014–18), São Paulo. Other exhibitions, performance programs and screenings were held at CAC – Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius), Kurzfilmtage – International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro), Xcèntric / CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 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). Laia is a contributor of Mousse magazine and collaborates with publications such as frieze, Spike Art Quarterly, Flash Art or Terremoto.

involved in:

the Sea: several tides, a single wave of discontent

João Laia’s exhibition presents a selection of recent works that reflect upon the use of the sea as a symbolic agent.

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Curatorial Intensive in Londonderry

Developed by ICI in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.

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