a seam, a surface, a hinge, or a knot - Curator and Artist
João Ribas is a writer and curator based in Porto. He was previously Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, where he also held the position of Deputy Director and Senior Curator (2014-2018). He was previously curator of the MIT List Visual Arts Center (2009-13) and of the Drawing Center, New York (2007-09). Ribas won four consecutive AICA awards for Best Exhibition (2008-2011) and the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010), and was Curator of the 4th Ural Biennial (2018). His texts have been published in numerous publications, such as Artforum, Afterall, Artnews, Art in America, Frieze, Mousse, The Exhibitionist, Spike, and The Guardian. His edited volume In the Holocene, published by Sternberg Press (2014), proposes art as a form of speculative science. Ribas has taught at Yale University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has been a professor and lecturer at institutions and universities around the world. He is currently a lecturer at the Portuguese Catholic University, and at the Lusófona University, Porto.
Leonor Antunes (b.1972, Lisbon) lives and works in Berlin. Her recent solo exhibitions include Leonor Antunes, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy (2018); the frisson of the togetherness, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2017); discrepancies with G.G., Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2017); a spiral staircase leads down the garden, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA (2016); the pliable plane, CAPC Musée D’art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2015); I Stand Like a Mirror Before You, New Museum, New York, USA and KIOSK, Ghent, Belgium (2015); Leonor Antunes, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA (2014); a linha é tão fina que o olho apesar de armado com uma lupa, imagina-a ao invés de vê-la II, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Portugal (2013); the last days in chimalistac, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2013); le hasard est l’ennemi de tous les mètres, Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal (2012); villa, how to use, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (2012); casa, modo de usar, Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal (2011); discrepancies with M.G., Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); walk around there. look through here, Museu Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2011).
Her work has been presented in recent group exhibitions such as: Civilized Caves, Ladera Oeste, Guadalajara, Mexico (2017); Condemned to be Modern, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), USA (2017); Potência e Adversidade - arte da América Latina nas coleções em Portugal, Galerias Municipais de Lisboa: Pavilhão Branco, Pavilhão Preto, Lisbon, Portugal (2017); Ficciones y territorios: Arte para pensar la nueva razón del mundo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2016); Conversas: arte portuguesa recente na coleção de Serralves, Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal (2016); Function Follows Vision, Vision Follow Reality, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2015); Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy (2015); Beyond the Supersquare, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA (2014); Attention Economy, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2014); Decorum, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2013); Phoenix vs Babel, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, France (2008); Acquisitions récentes, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2007); among others.
Antunes’ work was presented at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); the Sharjah Biennale 12, United Arab Emirates (2015); the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014); the Singapore Biennale (2011); the 1st and 3rd Maia Contemporary Art Biennale, Portugal (1999 and 2003).