João Ferro Martins
João Ferro Martins (Santarém, 1979), graduated in Fine Arts at ESAD, Caldas da Rainha. Lives and works in Lisbon. Three-dimensional constructions, production related to painting and relations with the area of sound form the framework of his artistic practice. He also develops various actions that include spoken word, performance and video. His work is concerned with processes where ideas, memories, symptoms and other immaterial aspects find their substance, their particular physical existence, through the manipulation of objects from everyday life and musical culture. Recent solo shows include: Eternally Collapsing Objects, curated by Tobi Maier, Pavilhão Branco (Galerias Municipais de Lisboa), Lisbon (2020); condition report, 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2020); Fermata, CAPC, Coimbra (2019); Sotille sfumatura di rumore, 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2017). Important collective exhibitions include:: Garganta, curated by Raphael Fonseca, Centro Internacional de Artes José de Guimarães, Guimarães (2022); The Happy Death of Images, curated by Bruno Humberto & Franek Ammer, Muzeum Książki Artystycznej, Łódź, PL (2022); Pintura: Campo de Observação Parte II, curated by João Pinharanda, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon (2021); Ensaio para uma Comunidade, curated by Paulo Mendes, MAAT, Lisbon, PT (2021); Dear Image (Part I), 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, PT (2020); Constelações III, Museu Berardo, Lisboa (2020); O que não temos podemos criar, curated by Kasia Sobczak & PADA Studios, Fábrica Tinco, Barreiro, PT (2020); Wait, Berardo Musem, Lisbon (2019); Ciclo Cosmo/Política #2 – Conflito e Unidade, Museum of Neo-Realism, Vila Franca de Xira (2018); Germinal – O Núcleo Cabrita Reis na Coleção de Arte Fundação EDP, MAAT, Lisbon (2018); THEM OR US! Um Projecto de Ficção Científica Social e Política, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto (2017); Artistas comprometidos? Talvez, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2014); Prémio EDP Novos Artistas Fundação EDP, Porto (2013); Visões do Desterro, Caixa Cultural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); I wish this was a song, Music in Contemporary Art, Nasjonalmuseet, Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo (2012); 7 Artistas ao 10º Mês, F.C.Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2008). Co-creator and interpreter on-stage of: O Declive e a Inclinação and A Morte nos Olhos with Alexandre Pieroni Calado. Producing original soun themes for theatre and film since 2013. Cenography and figurines for the play O limpo e o sujo by Vera Mantero, 2016. Co-founder of the collective A kills B, with Hugo Canoilas, which was present in Nam June Paik Art Center, Seul, 2008; exhibited the project A mata B at F.C.Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2012; and performed at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013. Co-founder, along with André Tasso e Bruno Humberto, of the improv music project, Catarata. Relevant collections: Fundação EDP, Portugal; Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection, Portugal; Bjorn & Gundorph Collection, Denmark; Coleção Nasjonalmuseet, Noway; Marin Gaspar Collection, Portugal.