Kuratorin und Lehrerin
Master-Seminar Art and the Ocean
Margarida Mendes is a curator and educator based in Lisbon. Exploring the overlap between cybernetics, ecology and experimental film, her personal research investigates the dynamic transformations of the environment and its impact on societal structures and cultural production. She is interested in exploring alternative modes of education and political resilience through her collaborative practice, programming, and activism. She curates across the world and was part of the curatorial team of the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016) and 4th Istanbul Design Biennale (2018). In 2016 she curated the long-term research exhibition MATTER FICTIONS, at Museu Berardo, Lisbon, publishing a joint reader with Sternberg Press. She has directed several educational platforms, such as escuelita, an informal school at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid (2017), The Barber Shop project space in Lisbon dedicated to transdisciplinar research (2009-15), and the ecological inquiry curatorial research platform The World In Which We Occur, ongoing since 2014. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths University of London with the project Deep Sea Spectrum and is a frequent collaborator of the online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting Inhabitants.