José Carlos Teixeira

Champney Family Visiting Associate Professor


Born in Porto, Portugal, in 1977, Professor José Carlos Teixeira is a visual artist and researcher.

As a Fulbright scholar, he completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio, at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), in 2006, after having previously studied at New York University (NYU), and the University of Basque Country (UPV), in Bilbao. He holds a BFA degree from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Porto (FBAUP), 2001.

Prior to joining Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Art History and Art, and the Cleveland Institute of Art, Teixeira served from 2009 to 2011 as Assistant Professor at Escola Superior de Artes e Design, ESAD.CR (Portugal), and as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department (WI), in 2012-13.Main areas of teaching and research at CWRU and CIA are: Contemporary Art; Video/Film, Performance and Installation; Social Practice; Participation and Community; Art as Research.

Prof. Teixeira’s interdisciplinary and research-based work involves primarily video-essay, photography, installation, text, and performance. It explores and expands on notions of identity, otherness, language, boundary, exile and displacement. Through strategies of participation, his pieces address specific issues related to locational identity, global diaspora, and the limits (or overlapping) of personal/social, physical/mental, and political territories. They attempt to generate not a set of conclusions, but a continuous process of questioning. Teixeira focuses mainly on participatory and collaborative events, therefore incorporating multiple voices and subjects into his audiovisual projects.

He has been involved in various projects, exhibitions, festivals, and screenings both in Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania, and Cyprus), and in the USA, as well as in Singapore, China, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, and Cape Verde.

Teixeira’s work has been shown in venues such as the Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles); Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena); Art Interactive (Boston); Museum of the City of New York, Residency Unlimited (New York); MMOCA (Madison); University of Arizona (Tucson); Le Grand Halle de La Villete (Paris); Württembergischer Kunstverein, Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart); Rosalux, Berlinerpool, DAZ (Berlin); National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow); M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum, Galerija Meno Parkas (Kaunas); Hélio Oiticica Art Center (Rio de Janeiro); São Paulo Cultural Center (S. Paulo); Casa Garden/Oriente Foundation (Macao); Museu FBAUP, Museu Soares dos Reis, Galeria Presença (Porto); Museu da Cidade, Fundação EDP, Fundação Carmona e Costa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Goethe-Institut, and Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Lisbon); to name a few. His artwork is represented in art collections such as the Aberdeen Art Gallery Collection, UK; the EDP Foundation and the PLMJ Foundation Collections, Portugal. Teixeira has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Fulbright/Carmona e Costa Foundation Grant, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/FLAD Grant, UCLA Fellowships, Samuel Booth Award, D’Arcy Hayman Award, Fuso Video Festival Jury Prize 2011, and the 2005 EDP New Artists Prize nomination (Portugal). In 2008-09, he was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Germany), in Film/Video/New Media, and he recently developed projects at the prestigious residencies MacDowell Colony (NH), and the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA).

Teixeira’s work is included in various publications, and he has released two solo books on his artistic practice: Geographies and Other Ethnographies (Assirio&Alvim, Lisboa, 2007), and In Between (Merz&Solitude, Stuttgart, 2011).

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MFA University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
BFA School of Fine Arts, University of Porto