João Laia

1981 · Lisbon

João Laia is curator and writer with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. His projects explore the embedded relations between philosophical thinking, social structures, technology and representation. Recent exhibitions include 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 V Moscow International Biennial of Young Art and Hybridize or Disappear (2015) at the National Museum of Contemporary Art – MNAC in Lisbon and Paços do Concelho in Porto. Laia attended the post-graduate and self-directed research programme CuratorLab at Konstfack, Stockholm, and the curatorial residency of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. Selected screenings, performance programmes and exhibitions were held at Videoex, Zürich, Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and MAAT, both in Lisbon, and DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation, Delfina Foundation, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery, all in London. Laia is currently collaborating with a number of art fairs curating sections such as Opening at ARCO Lisboa, Future Present at Artissima and Live at DAMA, both in Turin. He is part of the curatorial team of Videobrasil, a biannual contemporary art festival dedicated to the Global South based in SESC Pompeia, São Paulo. Laia is a regular contributor of Mousse magazine and has written for frieze, Spike Art Quarterly, Flash Art or Terremoto. He is currently editing a monograph on Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and a survey of non-Western cosmologies.

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