Writer and curator, João Laia has been appointed as the chief curator of exhibitions at Kiasma in 2019. Like new chief curator will assume his duties on June 3. His duties will include planning of Kiasma’s exhibition programme together with the director and programming teams of the museum. One key project in the near future will be to curate the upcoming ARS22 exhibition.
Recent theme exhibitions include Vanishing Point (2019) at Torreão Nascente, Lisbon City Hall Gallery, Drowning in a sea of Data (2019) and Transmissions from the Etherspace (2017) both at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, foreign bodies (2018) at P420, Bologna, 10000 Years Later Between Venus and Mars (2017-18) at Oporto City Hall Gallery, 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. He co-curated the 19th and 20th editions of the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (2014–18) in São Paulo. Other exhibitions, performance programs and screenings were held at Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro) Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Xcèntric / CCCB (Barcelona), Videoex (Zürich), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, ZDB and MAAT - Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology (all in Lisbon), CAC – Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius), Kurzfilmtage – International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Cell Project Space, DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation, Delfina Foundation, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery (all in London). He has curated shows at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Spain; Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon; and the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
He was co-founder of The Green Parrot, a non-profit art projects facility in Barcelona, Spain. Collaborator for Frieze and Mousse magazines and the Público newspaper.
Laia holds an MA in Film Studies from King’s College, London (2010), and an MA in Film Curating from the London Consortium (2011). During 2012-13, Laia completed the post-graduate research programme CuratorLab at Konstfack, Stockholm, followed in 2014 by the curatorial residency programme of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. He edited A Multiple Community (SESC publishing 2018) and co-edited the monograph dedicated to the work of Daniel Steegmann Mangrané Spiral Forest (Mousse Publishing 2018).
He has lives and works in London during the last years.