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Tiago Mestre, Set, 2016. Instalation view, Pivô – Art and Research. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Tiago Mestre, Stair, 2017. Wood, clay and metal. 152 x 91 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Everton Ballardin

Tiago Mestre, Noite. Inextinguível, inexprimível noite, 2017. Installation view. Galeria Millan, São Paulo. Courtesy of the artist.

Tiago Mestre, La Californie, 2016. Installation view, Centro Cultural São Paulo. Courtesy of the artist.

Tiago Mestre’s practice is concerned with the idea of displacement, both in terms of discipline and territory. Originally trained as architect, his sculptures and installations reflect his status as a Portuguese artist living and working in Brazil and the historical associations of human and artistic flows between the two countries. The work actively resists a singular reading and engages with different symbolic and anthropological registers through a critical approach to materiality and modes of presentation.

During his residency at Gasworks, Mestre plans to engage with the ceramics collection at the V&A, one of the most extensive and comprehensive in the world and featuring ceramic works from 2500 BC to the present day. By studying such a rich craft history he will seek to find new frameworks and vocabularies for his ongoing work.  


Tiago Mestre lives and works in São Paulo. He gained an MA at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include; Asa Nisi Masa, Central Gallery, São Paulo (2015); All The Things You Are, Kunsthalle São Paulo (2014); and Speech, Galeria Virgílio, São Paulo (2013). Recent group exhibitions include; 1 (One), Gallery BFA Boatos, São Paulo; Current Art Festival 2015 – Things Without Names, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (both 2015); and I Call Silence To The Language That Is No Longer An Organ Of Anything, Quase Galeria, Porto (2012).

Tiago Mestre’s residency is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and he is hosted in the Juan Yarur Torres residency studio.