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José Taborda

José Taborda, "Overachiever", 2019, Anodized aluminium, high density foam, pigment, resin, stainless steel. Courtesy of the Artist

Artist Name: José Taborda
Residency Dates: April – June 2023
Born: 1994
Lives & Works: Lisbon, Portugal
URL: | Instagram: @_josetaborda
Degree in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
Degree in Fine Arts, Bauhaus Universität, Germany


José Taborda explores the reliability and malleability of perception, cognition and memory through multidisciplinary media. He utilizes immersive or interactive installations to expand preconceived notions about the sensorial system. Through constant research and experimentation with different fields such as mechanics, optics, sound, neuroscience and biology, Taborda is able to materialize his works with a wide-range of technical and material solutions with fewer physical restraints.

José Taborda explores the public’s questioning through sensory provocations. His installations start from the combination of built and prefabricated elements, with other mechanical and digital elements, often resulting in works that defy the limits of perception. Antoni Tàpies argued that in art, as in the course of a magic trick, the viewer must be a believer, to the point of ignoring that it is only an illusion, so that his experience can be full. José Taborda in his works explores, in a somewhat ironic way, the fallibility of our perceptive capacity, constantly resorting to two movements proper to magic: that of revealing and that of hiding.” (by Francisco Correia, contributor for Umbigo Magazine)

Taborda participated in the 71st edition of Jeune Creátion at Fondation Fiminco (Paris); FUSO International Videoart Festival at MAAT Museum (Lisbon); New Beginnings, VOGUE Magazine; WIMBA, Steneby Konsthal (Sweden), etc. The artist also took part in multiple projects such as Bienal da Maia (Maia); MINA at the National Museum of Natural History and Science; Bauhaus 100th Anniversary edition (Berlin and Weimar); Paralaxe Observatorio (Porto); Gerador Festival among others.

Taborda exhibits regularly in Portugal and abroad, with previous solo exhibitions including: Wing Walking, Eigenheim Gallery, Berlin (2021); 149,597,870 KM in 7 steps, Ocua Gallery (2021); Elástico, Zaratan, Lisbon (2019); Polpa, Graça Brandão Gallery (2018); NOTLÜGEN, Weimar (2017). Other group exhibition include FBAUL Awards (2022); Parce qu’on sème, Le 47, Vézelay, France (2022); O Fenomeno, Galeria do Sol, Porto (2022); Fénix, Graça Brandão Gallery (2022); Tracing the Infrathin, Monitor Gallery (2022); Depois do Banquete, Teatro Thalia (2022); Apophenia, Culturgest, Porto (2021); Recent acquisitions of the Norlinda and José Lima Collection, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira (2020); From the Lab to the Studio – neue Technologien und Materialien in der Kunst, Eigenheim Weimar (2019); I will take the risk, Azan Studio, Marvila (2019); MATEREALITÄT, Waidspeicher Gallery, Erfurt (2018) among others.

As the winner of the A.J. Millennium BCP Foundation – CDAP Prize, Taborda was granted an artist residency at Atelier Solar (Madrid) with the support of Millennium BCP Foundation and the CDAP Foundation. He is also the winner of the D.Fernando Sculpture Prize and was awarded the Bauhaus Essentials Prize.

Support: José Taborda’s residency is made possible with support from the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD).

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