Marta de Menezes


whoweare_board_martamenezes_01Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist (b. Lisbon, 1975) with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium.

In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory within a biological research institute – the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência – in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal.

Maria Manuela Lopes

Deputy director

whoweare_board_mariamanuelalopes_01Maria Manuela Lopes is a visual artist and researcher based in Portugal and the UK. Her current practice is transdisciplinar and based on issues of memory and self-identity informed by life sciences and medical research and presented in the form of time-based installations, occasionally including biological materials. She has been working and showing nationally and internationally and also teaching fine arts in Portugal since 1998.

She has studied fine arts – sculpture at the FBAUP-Porto, Portugal and did an MA at Goldsmiths College in London. She is presently doing a practice based research degree at UCA Farnham, UK, working with representational strategies of Alzheimer’s disease in a neuroscience laboratory at Hospital Santa Maria and Molecular Medicine Institute in Lisbon.Maria is also assistant-Director of two residency programs: 1) ‘artists in Labs’ Ectopia – Lisbon, and 2) Cultivamos Cultura, an ecological oriented residency program in a farm in Alentejo. She has concurrently been presenting her work internationally at conferences and also publishing.

Cláudia Figueiredo

Executive Producer

whoweare_board_claudiafigueiredo_01Claudia Figueiredo is a Portuguese producer with a degree in architecture by Universidade Lusiada and a post graduation in Events Marketing and Production. Between 1998 and 2006 was assistant producer of different bands such as 16HP, Soulwax, dEUS and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Since 2007 became executive producer for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and Nick Cave solo performances. From 2011 to 2012 worked as executive producer for the theatre director João Garcia Miguel in Lisbon.

During this period was executive producer for the company’s European project “Islotes en Red”, with the show “As Barcas” which premiered at Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. Claudia was also involved in preparing the company participation in Marseille 2013 European Capital of Culture. Claudia has also been promoter representative for the Portuguese shows of Hugh Laurie, Bombino and Yann Tiersen among others. Since 2013 she is executive producer for Cultivamos Cultura, an organization focused on experimental practices in visual arts, producing artistic residencies, exhibitions and an outdoor cinema cycle in S. Luís, Odemira, as well as international visual arts exhibitions.visuais.

Luís Graça

Science Consultant

whoweare_board_luisgraca_01Luis Graca has an MD from the University of Lisbon, Portugal; and a PhD in transplant immunology from the University of Oxford, UK. He developed his post-doctoral research first in Oxford and later at the Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth, Australia. He is currently Associate Professor at the Lisbon Medical School, directing a research group in cellular immunology at Instituto de Medicina Molecular.

His most significant scientific contributions have been related with the development of strategies to teach the immune system not to reject transplanted organs, also known as immune tolerance. Currently he is extending his findings to the fields of allergy and autoimmunity (where the immune system attacks its own body). Luis Graca is author of 52 research publications, three patents, and co-founder of Acellera Therapeutics. Besides his scientific research he has been interested in the intersection between art and science. In this field Luis Graca has collaborated with several artists, including a long-term relationship with Marta de Menezes ( and he is now scientific advisor for Ectopia and Cultivamos Cultura ( – two Portuguese institutions involved in fostering art-science collaborations. He has three publications in this field, describing the scietist’s view of art-science interactions.

Ricardo Guerreiro Campos

Education Projects

62270936_10211594359368468_1142984874429251584_nRicardo Guerreiro Campos is a visual artist and a performer. He studied painting at the Fine Arts University of Lisbon and regularly exposes on particular and collective exhibits and regularly collaborates with structures of artistic creation that develop work in the scope of disciplinary crosses between the visual arts, science, new media, performance and theater. In the last years he has developed, in his artistic practice, a series of plastic and performative experiments in around memory, image and childhood. He is a teacher, trainer and cultural mediator in different contexts, having deepened questions about Art and Education in intervention and research projects. He has a master’s degree in Art Education from the Lisbon School of Education and is a research collaborator at the Center for Research and Studies in Fine Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon.

Diana Aires

Archive, Education & Mediation Projects

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Diana Mordido Aires is a cultural mediator and she has developed a career around the fine arts, with a growing focus on dialogue and public involvement in artistic production. She has collaborated with different entities, in which contemporary art assumes itself as an interactive field, producing new discourses, languages ​​and dynamics, which led to an internship at Atelier Concorde and Casa das Histórias da Paula Rego. She is specialized in Jewellery at the António Arroio Artistic School, attended the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and is a finalist in Artistic and Cultural Mediation Degree at the Lisbon School of Education.

Pavel Tavares

Archive & Audiovisual

PavelPavel Tavares is a Brazilian filmmaker and video artist. He studied Design of Image and Sound at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He began as teacher of Audiovisual Project in the same university, lecturing documentary. He received a scholarship as an audiovisual archivist in the same institution. He was distinguished several times for his achievements as student and teacher. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Cinema from the University Torquato Ditella (UTDT). He was selected for the Talents BAFICI, VGKI summer school, Looking China Program, the Young Art Bienal (Argentina) and won a scholarship to be Fellow in the Flaherty Seminar (NY, USA). Some of his documentaries are Jasy Porã (Argentina), Алексндр (Russia), 小寨 (China), Tarkovsky Napes (video-essay) and Ojo de Mar (Argentina). His work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, festivals and articles. He has won prizes like best short movie, best experimental video and best photography. Interested in the distinctiveness of each culture, identities, borders and their crosses, he seeks a distinctive perception of time and space through experimental audiovisual art.