João Laia is the Chief Curator for exhibitions at Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), and curator of the 12th edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2023). He has a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. Past projects were developed in collaboration with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Galeria Municipal do Porto; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; MAAT – Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon; Moscow Young Art Biennial, MMOMA; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Videobrasil, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo. He edited Living Encounters (Kiasma/Mousse, 2022) and A Multiple Community (SESC, 2018) and has been published in magazines such as Art Monthly, Flash Art, frieze, Mousse, Spike and Terremoto. Together with Valentinas Klimašauskas, Laia curated the fourteenth Baltic Triennial (2021) titled The Endless Frontier at the CAC – Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, and in 2024 Klimašauskas and Laia will curate the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale showcasing the artist duo Pakui Hardware.
Public Talk with João Laia, Curator of the 12th Göteborg Biennial
Office for Contemporary Art
Nedre gate 7
As part of our ongoing International Visitor Programme (IVP), we are pleased to host curator João Laia and invite you to a public talk at OCA on the 6th of June (18:00). During the talk, Laia will address his curatorial practice at large, highlighting recurrent gestures and interests.
Public talk followed by Q&A session
Free and open to the public, but space is limited
Please register via Eventbrite
Header image: '10000 Years Later Between Venus And Mars', an exhibition with works from the António Cachola Collection at Galeria Municipal do Porto (2017 - 2018). Courtesy of the artists and Galeria Municipal do Porto.