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Rafael Raposo Pires (b.1994), is a Portuguese artist currently based in Lisbon. His body of work consists on photographs and videos produced while experiencing dérives made on diverse urban areas. His practice questions the notions of limits within the urban space and how transformative architecture can be.

During his studies at BTK in Berlin, he started to observe improvised elements that further made him aware of the distancing between urban planning and how different people use a constructed space, publishing the Alone Together photobook. This later evolved into his appreciation for the movement of a body on a certain space, creating video-performances. Nowadays his artistic research at Belas-Artes in Lisbon is aiming to compare in situ dérives, to virtually produced ones made possible through digital maps.

His works have been exhibited in multiple shows in Portugal, Germany and Italy.

– Master in Multimedia Art at Faculdade de Belas-Artes in Lisbon (2019-Ongoing)
– Post Graduation of Contemporary Photography Speeches at Faculdade de Belas-Artes in Lisbon (2017-18)
– Exchange semester at BTK – University of Art & Design in Berlin (2016-17)
– Bachelor in Photography and Visual Culture at IADE – Creative University in Lisbon (2014-17)

Solo Exhibitions:
Upcoming exhibition at the Gallery of Cooperativa Comunicação e Cultura in Torres Vedras (January – February 2022)
ESPACIALIDADES DE UM PERCURSO – Galeria Banco das Artes, Leiria (September-November 2019)

Group Exhibitions:
– Hammer Time – Zaratan Gallery, Lisbon (November – December 2021)
REA Art Fair – Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (September 2021)
Lisboa Capital Verde – Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes, Lisbon (June-July 2021)
ART MATTERS 3 – Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (April 2021)
GENESIS – The Holy Art Virtual Gallery, London (March 2021)
Auf der Laub – Studio Huette, Berlin (April 2020)
MOMENTUM | InShadow Festival – Cisterna FBAUL, Lisbon (November-December 2019)
GRAU DE SEMELHANÇA – MUTE Gallery, Lisbon (June-July 2019)
9ª Feira do Livro de Fotografia – Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa (November 2018)
O LONGE E AS IMAGENS | FBAUL 18 – 5D Creative Hub, Lisbon (September 2018)
X’17 – MUTE Gallery, Lisbon (March 2018)

– REA Art Fair 2021 – catalogue, Milan (September 2021)
PEP #3 ‘Public Space’ Magazine – PEP, Berlin (November 2019)
CONTRAST Magazine – Scopio Editions (May 2019)
O Longe e as Imagens – FBAUL Exhibition Catalogue (October 2018)
Cisterna Número 4 – AEFBAUL (June 2018)
NOVA Fotografia 2014_2018 (June 2018)
Cisterna Número 3 – AEFBAUL (February 2018)
Alone Together – Self Published Photobook (January 2017)

– Invited by José Luis Neto to present and speak about my work, both at FBAUL and IADE
9ª Feira do Livro de Fotografia – Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa (November 2018)

Mobile: +351 913729306
E-mail:   rafaelpiresphoto@gmail.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/raposopires/