Paula Nascimento is an architect and independent curator with degrees from the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the LSB University in London. Has collaborated with architecture studios in Oporto and London before founding Beyond Entropy Africa with Stefano Pansera. This research-based studio operated in architecture-urbanism-visual arts and geopolitics and was active between 2011 and 2016. Paula has also been a consultant on various projects, including the Angola Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 and Expo Dubai 2020 and often collaborates with different artist institutions and collectives, both on the African continent and internationally. Between 2012 and 2020, she was a founding and active member of Colectivo Pés Descalços, a Luanda-based multi-disciplinary collective developing projects in the cultural field. Since 2019 Paula has been the curator of the African Galleries at Arco Lisbon. Currently, she is the Chair of the Artistic Committee at Nesr Art Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of Hangar Center for Artistic Research, an associate Curator of the VII Lubumbashi Biennial, and a recipient of the 2022 Okwui Enwezor Fellowship Research Grant from the Independent Curators International.



Okwui Enwezor Fellowship Research Grant - ICI


Certificate of Excellency – African Architecture Awards 2017


Angola 35º Prize for Arts and Culture


Arc Vision Women and Architecture Prize – Special Award Expo 2015


Angola 35º Prize for Arts and Culture


Golden Lion Award for Best National Participation in 2013 at the 55th International Arts Exposition La Biennale di Venezia



28 March

When We See Us Webinar - Zeitz Mocca Online


06 Oct – 31 Nov

VII Lubumbashi Biennale - Toxicity


07 Sept – 07 Oct

Path to the Stars - Mónica de Miranda, Jahmek, Luanda


20 Apr – 29 May

No longer with the memory but with its future - Mónica de Miranda, Oratorio di San Ludovico, Venice


24 Feb – 07 Mar.

KIXIMBI, OVR - South South Platform (ONLINE)


08 Dec.

ARE YOU FOR REAL Curators Tour


19 Nov.

Curatorial Conversations at Glucksman with Christopher Clarke


23 June

Head to head with Koyo Kouoh, Zeitz Mocca Instagram Live


12 May – 13 Jun.

Intrepid Visions, Hangar - Centre for Artistic Research (ONLINE)


28 – 30 May

Henrike Grohs Art Award (POSTPONED)


14 – 17 May

Arco Lisbon (POSTPONED)


05 Dez. – 15 Jan.

Taxidermy of the Future, Siexpo - Natural History Museum, Luanda


24 Oct. – 24 Nov.

Taxidermy of the Future - Film Programme, VI Lubumbashi Biennial


19 – 21 Sept.

Art Night Talks: On the future of artistic and curatorial practices in Africa, Palma de Majorca


15 – 19 May

Arco Lisbon, Millenium Talks


22 Nov. – 5 Jan.

Monica de Miranda, Panorama – Banco Econômico, Luanda


30 Oct. – 20 Nov.

Emerging Architecture Studio based in Luanda, Siexpo Luanda


24 – 26 Oct.

Workshop for critical writing promoted by C& and Ford Foundation, Luanda

Beyond Entropy Africa

Beyond Entropy was a research-based studio that operates at the threshold between art, architecture, and geopolitics. Beyond Entropy uses the concept of energy as a tool to conceive new forms of architecture beyond the rhetoric of sustainability and operates globally in situations of territorial crisis. Beyond Entropy Africa has developed several research-based projects, from books to curatorial projects, art installations, architectural interventions, public debates and publications. Between 2012 and 2016 Beyond Entropy was a regular presence during La Biennale di Venezia leading up to several important projects such as Beyond Entropy Angola (13th Biennale Architettura), Luanda, Encyclopaedic City, Venice Biennale 2013 – Golden Lion for best National Participation at the 55th International Art Exhibition – and has exhibited at Triennale Milano, Bamako Biennial, Experimenta Design, Hangar, Hangar Bicocca, ICA London, Zeitz Mocca, among others.

Pés Descalços

Is a collective of artists, curators, producers, thinkers, created with the aim of gathering synergies and developing cultural projects focusing on the arts. Its objectives are the creation of collaboration, sharing and education platforms and the development of local projects with regional and global focus. We work in the field of visual arts, curatorship, art direction, photography, consulting of cultural projects, artistic production, workshops, among others.