José Carlos Teixeira (b. 1977, Porto, Portugal)

José Carlos Teixeira is a visual artist, filmmaker and educator. His interdisciplinary work involves video-essay, documentary, installation, text and photography. Through participatory and performative structures, he investigates notions of identity, boundary, exile and displacement. The relationship with, and the critical representation of otherness occupy a central role in his aesthetic materializations. In his socially-engaged practice, situated between cinema and anthropology, Teixeira is concerned with generating an encounter and framing the moment.  Genuinely open to what the situation and the participants have to offer, he is interested in carving space for empathy and intersubjectivity, while rethinking the politics of representation.

Born in Portugal, José Carlos Teixeira holds an MFA from UCLA. His work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as LACE, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), UnionDocs, Anthology Film Archives (NY), MOCA, The Sculpture Center (Cleveland), Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts (Princeton), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart), DAZ (Berlin), 104 Cent Quatre (Paris), NCCA (Moscow), Hélio Oiticica Art Center (Rio de Janeiro), SP Cultural Center (São Paulo), Oriente Foundation (Macao), MNAC, Museu da Cidade, Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), to name a few. Recent solo shows at MAAT (Lisbon), SPACES (Cleveland), MMOCA (Madison), AANM (Detroit), and the Townhouse Gallery (Cairo).  His films have circulated in numerous festivals:  LIDF, SMHAF, Eindhoven Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Arthouse Asia, Currents: New Media Festival, AIFVF, AFFESTNYC, among others, and included in the media libraries of HotDocs and Visions du Réel. Teixeira has been the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, Efroymson Award/Contemporary Arts Fellowship, Best Documentary + Jurors Award at the AFFEST 2019 (New York), SMHAF Experimental Film Award 2019 (Glasgow), FUSO Video Festival Jury Prize 2011 (Lisbon), and the 2005 EDP New Artists Prize nomination.  In addition, Teixeira was an artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), MacDowell Colony, 18th Street Arts Center, and the Headlands Center for the Arts (USA).