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
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)
ARE YOU FOR REAL Curators Tour
Curatorial Conversations at Glucksman with Christopher Clarke
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.
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.