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About João Castilho

João Castilho’s photographs and films capture natural and manmade places in such a way that they seem exaggerated and fantastical. His particular style, which combines historical themes with staged subjects in a landscape, has been characterized as as “Imaginary Documentary.” Castilho, however, describes his work as comprising of “a piece of a picture, a found picture, a kept picture, a forgotten picture, a hidden picture, a discarded picture, just a picture.” Though his subjects vary widely, certain themes recur in the artist’s work: the chaos and violence of contemporary life, the relationship between individuals and their surroundings, and dereliction. Castilho’s practice borrows from a range of sources, including Land Art and the writing of Franz Kafka.

Brazilian, b. 1978, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Celma Albuquerque Galeria de Arte at ArtRio 2016, Celma Albuquerque Galeria de Arte
2016
2015
Porcelana e Vulcão, Zipper Galeria, São Paulo
2011
João Castilho | Hotel Tropical, Zipper Galeria, São Paulo