Diogo Bento (b. 1984). Lives and works between Lisbon, Portugal and São Vicente, Cabo Verde. He holds a degree in Landscape Architecture, studied Photography at Ar.Co, in Lisbon, and completed postgraduate studies in Photography and Contemporary Art.
He has been working in both photography and installation, where landscape has been the primary backdrop for expressing his ideas and concerns about the world. His artistic practice is informed by an understanding of the landscape as a space of cultural embodiment, a place where natural, physical and symbolic dimensions interact and colide. By engaging with themes from ecology, nature, architecture, urbanism or science he hopes to arrive at discussions involving decoloniality and social justice.
He has been involved in several artistic and educational projects as an artist, curator and educator. Currently holds a position as guest lecturer of Documentary Photography and History of Photography at Lusófona University, in Lisbon.

For Commissions and Prints Sale
or just to drop me a line:
diogo.bento@gmail.com
+238 589 96 24
+351 937 321 152

2011
2008
2005
Education
Photography and Contemporary Art – IPA/Atelier de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Landscape Architecture – ISA/UTL, Lisbon, Portugal
Photography – Ar.Co, Lisbon, Portugal

2022
2022
2019
2019
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2013
2013
2012
2011
2010
Selected Exhibitions
Foundation and Emergence – Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
Spectrum – Avenida da Índia gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Zeitgeist – Parallel Platform, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, Hungary
Currents Shift – Parallel Platform, Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, France
Adaptation and Transition – Ci.CLO Porto Photography Biennial, Porto, Portugal
Parallel Showcase – Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
16° 51’ 49 N 24° 52’ 02 W – Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
BF16 – Vila Franca de Xira Photography Biennial Award, Portugal
On Landscape #2 – On Landscape Project, Matèria Gallery, Rome, Italy
Ocupações Temporárias, Documentos – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
Ocupações Temporárias – São Vicente, Cabo Verde
Cabral ka Mori – EP 1874 gallery, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
Quinze Ensaios – Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal
Na superfície – Espaço Campanhã & Tabacaria, Porto, Portugal

2022

2016 – 2022
2020
2019
2016
2016
2014
2013 – 2014
2012
Curatorial / Artistic Direction
(Im)Materiality – This Is Not A White Cube, Palais Castilho, Lisbon and Centro de Artes de Águeda, Águeda, Portugal
Catchupa Factory – New Photographers Artist Residency, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
Dissident Planets – AOJE / Catchupa Factory, online
Sixth Nature – Ci.CLO Photography Biennial, CPF, Porto, Portugal
Dog World – Ponta d’Praia gallery, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
The Other Side of the Moon – Centro Cultural do Mindelo, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
Stage 50 – Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde International Photography Festival
Silver Mirror – Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design, São Vicente, Cabo Verde

2021
2019
2018
2017
2005
Artist Residencies
UpCyles – Associação dos Amigos do Museu do Cinema, Maputo, Mozambique
Luuanda – Colectivo Pés Descalços, Luanda, Angola
Adaptation and Transition – Ci.CLO Photography Biennial, Parque de Noudar, Portugal
Walkscapes, Residency in Transit – Hangar, Ethiopia
New Ways of Approaching Landscape – artLAB*projectos, Penafiel, Portugal

2020
2018 – 2019
2018 – 2019
2017
2016
2015
2014
Grants / Awards
MACAAL Bootcamp – selected curator
Parallel Platform 2nd Cycle – selected artist
Ci.CLO Porto Photography Biennial – invited artist and curator
Mack First Book Award – nominated
BF16, Vila Franca de Xira Photography Biennial Award – finalist
Dummy Award Kassel – finalist
Unseen Dummy Award – finalist

2023
2020
2019
2019
2016
2015
2013
2013
2010
Publications
Propeller #4 Spectrum – Hélice Press / Galerias Municipais/EGEAC
Fisheye Photo Review 2020.21 – Fisheye Magazine
Atlas – Parallel Platform
Currents Shift exhibition catalogue – Parallel Platform
Multiple Gazes of a Country’s Photographed Past – African Photography Initiatives
Next Future journal #18 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Next Future journal #12 – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Revista 2 – Público
Scopio Magazine #1 – Cityscópio