João Simôes, b. 1979 in Brazil, lives and works in São Paolo (BR)
João Simôes works as an artist, curator, researcher and teacher. Together with Cláudio Bueno, he founded the platform Explode! Through a cultural and artistic practice that is often perceived as peripheral, he explores ideas of gender, race and class while touching upon areas such as education, town planning and social justice. Simôes is a member of the study group Extremidades, which deals with audiovisual networks, film, performance and contemporary art.
As curator, speaker or performer, he has appeared in the following intitutions: Sesc SP, CCBB-SP, Paço das Artes, MASP and PUC-SP. He presented his performance Vera Verão in collaboration with Aretha Sadick, at the exhibition Agora somos todxs negrxs? (Are we all blacks now?) at Videobrasil (São Paulo, 2017); and at the exhibition Arte veículo at Sesc Pompeia (São Paulo, 2018), in which he thematized "queer blackness" in the media and arts by means of speech, music and video.
João Simôes is a participant in the Live Art Workshop at Partout and is supported by Pro Helvetia COINCIDENCIA. For Acts of Transmission he collaborates with Ivy Monteiro.
Photo: João Simôes, Explode Plattform, ©Danila Bustamante