Marta Mestre

(this page was last updated in July 2018)

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Member of the Nominating Committee PIPA 2015 and 2018.

Curator, researcher and art critic, Marta Mestre (Beja, Portugal, 1980) has been working in the fields of curatorship, publishing, criticism, teaching, amongst others, in both Portugal and Brazil, for over ten years. Holding a BA in History of Art and a MA in Culture and Communication, she was curator at the Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil (2016-2017); assistant-curator at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010-2015); and guest-curator at the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro (2016). She writes regularly for institutions and museums and also often participates in award juries for art prizes.

In Portugal, she contributes to the “Imago” publishing house, the “Buala” portal, and was a curator at the Centro de Artes de Sines (2005-2008). She has been producing both individually or collectively a number of projects, mostly in public institutions, concerning counter-narratives and artists’ archives. She has received the following selected awards: “Laboratório Curatorial/SP Arte 2012” and “Travel Grant Awards/ CIMAM 2014”.

A selection of recent exhibitions includes: “Potência e Adversidade: arte da “América Latina” nas coleções em Portugal”, Galerias Municipais, Pavilhão Branco e Preto, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017;  “Corte-contaminação-contacto: Ricardo Basbaum”, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, Brazil, 2017; “Song for my Hands”, Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil, 2017; “Agora somos mais de mil”, Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016; “Tunga: ciclo de instaurações”, Instituto Inhotim, Inhotim, Brazil, 2016; “Por aqui tudo é novo…”, Instituto Inhotim, Inhotim, Brazil, 2016; “Daniel Steegmann/Philippe Van Snick”, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio) and Casa Modernista, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015; “Vijai Patchineelam: Resistir o passado, ignorar o futuro e a incapacidade de conter o presente”, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), 2016.

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