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Biography of the artist

Born in 1964, Miguel Palma currently lives and works in Lisbon. Originally spinning off from sculpture, Miguel Palma’s trajectory explores installations in a variety of mediums. Calling upon non-traditional production methods and habitually working with a team of carpenters, mechanics, engineers and biologists, Palma’s works claim a hybrid dimension and evoke the industrial output of the 20th century. Palma's work most often seeks to address how technology has influenced the life of modern man, his relationship with the environment, the idea of human comfort, and the concept of power. Alongside the construction of large and medium scale installations, the artist often resorts to drawing, video and performance.


Miguel Palma has, since 2007, been an artist in residence at different venues such as Location One, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, Arizona State University Art Museum, voyons voir | art contemporain et territoire and Association Château de Servières


His solo exhibitions include: A-Z (MAAT, Lisbon, 2018), Cinq Temps (MuCEM, Marseille, 2016), Desconforto Moderno (CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, 2013), Trajectory (ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, 2012), Atelier Utopia (Fundação EDP, Porto, 2012), Linha de Montagem (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2011), Private View /Jaguar Project (Warwick Arts Center, Warwick, 2010), Miguel Palma: COMMA 01 (Bloomberg SPACE, London, 2009), O Mundo às Avessas (Culturgest, Lisbon, 2007), Miguel Palma (CCC OD, Tours, 1997) and Cemiterra-Geraterra (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 1991).


He participated in group exhibitions such as: Utopia/Dystopia (MAAT, Lisbon, 2017), Convidados de Verão (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2016), Eppur si muove – Art et technique, un espace partagé (MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2015), Fântomes dans la machine (FRAC, Limoges, 2015), 93 (CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, 2013), City States (Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, 2012), Prospect.1 (Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, 2008), Squatters #1 (Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2001), El Espacio como Proyecto/El Espacio como Realidad (Bienal de Pontevedra, Pontevedra, 2000), Signs of Life (Melbourne International Biennial, Melbourne, 1999), Côté Sud... Entschuldigung (Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, 1998), Die Schrift des Raumes: Kunst Architektur Kunst (Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 1996) and Imagens para os Anos 90 (Fundação de Serralves, Porto, 1993).