International Visitor Programme : December 2007

Joao Fernandez

Director

Joao Fernandez

In 1985 Fernandez (Born in Bragança in 1964) finished the course "Modern Language and Literature" at the Faculty of Science of Language at the University of Porto. Between 1987 and 1990 he was member of the Board of the Portuguese Association of Linguistics. He obtained the aggregation MA in Portuguese Phonology at the Lisbon University in 1992. Between 1987 and 1995 he was a professor and research fellow in Linguistic Studies at the Politechnical Institute in Porto. Between 1992 and 1996 Fernandez was a freelance commissioner of three editions of the Journal of Contemporary Art in Porto. In this period he also independently commissioned several exhibitions: Peninsulares which took place in 8 different galleries in Lisboa, Porto, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona (1995), Hors catalogue(Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, France, 1996) and the exhibition Mais Tempo, Menos História (Fundação de Serralves, 1996). Fernandez has also organized and commissioned the Portuguese representation at the 1st Biennial of Johannesburg (1995) and the 24thBiennial of São Paulo (1998). He was a member of the Jury of the Visual Art Award União Latina between 1996 and 1999. Fernandez has published several texts in Portuguese, and international artist catalogues. He is a member of the IKT (Internationale Kunstausstellungsleiter - Tagung). In 1996 he was nominated Assistant Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto. In January 2003 he was appointed Director of the Museum.


Sophie von Olfers

Curator

Sophie von Olfers

Since January 2006, Sophie von Olfers is assistant curator at Witte de With in Rotterdam, where she has worked on the group exhibition Don Quijote, the solo project and publication of Danish artist Jesper Just and, a series of debates on national representation (2007), as well as the mid-career exhibition of Liam Gillick. In 2007 she coordinated the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, together with curator of the Pavilion and director of Witte de With, Nicolaus Schafhausen. Previous to her position at Witte de With, Sophie worked with the London-based artist group The Artist Placement Group, together with founding members and artists John Latham and Barbara Steveni. She curated an archive exhibition and organized a conference on the group's history and legacy at Tate Britain. She did her MA in Curatorial Studies at Goldsmiths College, London.