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Lecture and screening with visual artist and researcher
José Carlos Teixeira

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Visual Arts and Dance at Princeton University in collaboration with the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies will present a screening and lecture by interdisciplinary artist José Carlos Teixeira on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street.

Teixeira is a visual artist and researcher born in Portugal. His research-based practice involves video-essay, installation, performance, and related photography. He will screen and discuss recent video projects while expanding on the connections with architecture and examining broader questions in contemporary art. Three main axes shape Teixeira’s interdisciplinary work: art and politics, art and community, and art and technology, raising the question of whether these ideas represent a collision or a productive encounter.

Notions of identity, otherness, language, boundary, exile, and displacement are recurrent themes in Teixeira's creative and theoretical investigation. Through performative strategies, his pieces explore issues related to locational identity, global diaspora, the limits (or overlapping) of personal and social territories, and the definition of physical and psychological spaces. His work attempts to generate not a set of conclusions, but a continuous process of inquiry. Usually coming from a subjective and contextual approach, the artist focuses on collaboration, participation, and dialogue, therefore incorporating multiple voices into his moving image projects. The relationship with and the representation of “otherness” occupy a central role in Teixeira’s aesthetic and ethic materializations. 

As a Fulbright scholar, Teixeira completed his M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California Los Angeles in 2006, after having previously studied at New York University and the University of Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. He holds a B.F.A. degree from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Porto.

He has been involved in various projects, exhibitions, festivals, and screenings across Europe, in the U.S. and in Singapore, China, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, and Cape Verde. His work has been shown in venues such as the Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles); Art Interactive (Boston); Museum of the City of New York’s Residency Unlimited; Le Grand Halle de La Villete (Paris); Rosalux, Berlinerpool, DAZ (Berlin); and the National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow). His artwork is represented in collections around the world including the Aberdeen Art Gallery Collection in Britain and the EDP Foundation and the PLMJ Foundation collections in Portugal.

Teixeira has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Fulbright/Carmona e Costa Foundation Grant, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/FLAD Grant, UCLA Fellowships, Samuel Booth Award, D’Arcy Hayman Award, Fuso Video Festival Jury Prize 2011, and the 2005 EDP New Artists Prize nomination. In 2008-09, he was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, in Film/Video/New Media, and he recently developed residency projects at the MacDowell Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts in California.

Currently, Teixeira is the Champney Visiting Associate Professor, a joint position between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. From 2009 to 2011 he served as assistant professor at Portugal’s Escola Superior de Artes e Design, and as adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department in 2012-13.


Link to photo:
Photo caption: Images from José Carlos Teixeira’s 2012 work “The Fall”
Photo credit: Courtesy of José Carlos Teixeira

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Monday, March 31, 2014

7:00 p.m.


Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street

Free and open to the public




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