Duarte Amaral Neto
Duarte Amaral Netto (Lisboa, 1976) Studied photography at Ar.co from 1996 to 2000, did a Post-Graduation in Visual Culture Theory in 2008 and the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED Madrid in 2016. In 2004 he also participated in the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Photography Course. In 2000 won the Kodak scholarship to complete his studies at Ar.co, and the IED grant for the European Master in 2016. His first solo show in Modulo (2002) toured to The Netherlands with solo exhibitions in Nouvelles Images in Den Haag and MK Galerie in Rotterdam in 2003. That year he was awarded the Grand Prix du 48ème Salon de Montrouge, in Paris. He represented Portugal in “100 photos pour l’Europe” in Paris, and was
selected for several festivals and events such as “European Night” in Arles (2006) or Plat(t)form in Winterthur (2014). In 2012 he was nominated for the 8 th Edition of the BES PHOTO AWARD with exhibitions at the Berardo Museum (Portugal) and Pinacoteca de São Paulo (Brazil). He is a Photography teacher since 2003 at the Instituto Politécnico de Tomar.
João Paulo Serafim
João Paulo Serafim (Paris, France, 1974). Graduated in Photography and Fine Arts at Ar.Co, school where teaches since 1998, at the Department of Photography. In 2005 participates in the Photography Course of the Gulbenkian Criatividade e Criação Artística program, in 2008 attends History of Art at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is also a tutor at the 2nd Course of Photography of the Gulbenkian Criatividade e Criação Artística program. In 2005 won the 3rd prizeof Purificacíon García Award. Since 2005 is developing the project MIIAC – Museu Improvável Imagem e Arte Contemporânea, a fictional museum based in an iconographic research from a personal collection, constructed along the life of the artist. MIIAC, composed by photography of diverse sources and typologies, as well as extensive bibliography, materializes virtually or through exhibitions in different spaces, combining personal and collective memories. This research also extends to museum functions focusing on the backstage like archives and libraries, reflecting about the organization, processing and qualification process of visual information. Also collaborates, since 2004, in theater shows and performances.
Rodrigo Tavarela Peixoto
Rodrigo Tavarela Peixoto (Lisbon 1974), is a Portuguese photographer, exhibiting regularly since 1999, the year he finished his studies in Ar.Co. In this same year he received a FLAD scholarship that allowed him to continue his studies at SVA, New York. In 2010 he completed the Master of Fine Arts in ESAD.CR. He held the course of Photography PGCCA (1st Edition) and is currently undertaking a PhD in Communication Studies with Fellowship of the FCT Foundation. Since 2007, he teaches several courses in Photography, Digital Animation and Film Degrees at Universidade Lusófona. His works are present in some of the most importante Portuguese collections, as PLMJ collection, BES Art, and EDP Foundation.
Valter Ventura (Lisbon, 1979) graduated in Art History from Faculdade de Letras (University of Lisbon). He finished in 2005 the Advanced Course in Photography at Ar.Co – Center for Art and Visual Communication, with the Banco Espírito Santo scholarship. Currently he teaches at the Photography Department of Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, also collaborating with Ar.Co, Atelier de Lisboa and the Faculdade de Belas Artes (University of Lisbon).In 2008, participated (in duo with José Nuno Lamas) in the 2nd Photography Course, Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Between 2012 and 2014 he was responsible for the photographic department at Carpe Diem – Art and Research. Currently he’s one of the resident artists at HANGAR – Art Research Center. He’s represented by KUBIKGALLERY (Porto).