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40 Under 40 Africa

Paula Nascimento

28 September 2020

Architect and curator, Luanda

Paula Nascimento is an architect who trained at the Architectural Association in London and London South Bank University. In 2013 she co-curated with Stefano Rabolli Pansera the inaugural Angolan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which won the Golden Lion with a display of works by Edson Chagas – the first African pavilion to do so. The pavilion was part of a wider research project titled ‘Beyond Entropy Africa’ (2010–15), which focused on the city of Luanda as a paradigm of poor urban conditions due to its high-density population and lack of essential infrastructure.

Nascimento also lectures and writes and has curated or co-curated exhibitions in Angola, South Africa, Portugal, Italy and France – including the Africa in Focus sections at Arco Lisbon in both 2019 and 2020. She is a guest curator of the Catchupa Factory residency for photographers from Portuguese-speaking Africa in Cape Verde, and she was a founding member of the Colectivo Pés Descalços, a non-profit organisation developing cultural and educational projects in Luanda. Her recent architectural projects include the Angola Pavilion for Expo Milano in 2015.

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