Nuno Coelho (Univ Coimbra, CEIS20, DEI) is an Oporto-based Portuguese communication designer, artist and curator. He is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Informatics Engineering (DEI) of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where he teaches on the undergraduate and master degree courses in Design and Multimedia; and an Integrated Researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20) of the University of Coimbra.
He holds a PhD in Contemporary Art from the College of Arts of the University of Coimbra; a master's in Design and Graphic Production from the Fine Arts School of the University of Barcelona; and a degree in Communication Design and Graphic Art from the Fine Arts School of the University of Oporto.
As an independent designer, he has worked for individuals and organisations predominantly in Portugal, as well as in other countries, mainly for culture-related clients. He has developed self-initiated research-based projects on the intersection between design and art on social and political issues.
As a design researcher, he is interested in history, material culture, digital humanities, and visual semiotics and representation. He has been working on topics related to identity and memory by exploring the politics of image-making and the archives of historic Portuguese trademarks and institutions. He has curated and coordinated exhibitions and public programs. He has two books published and has edited two others.
His most relevant works include:
• Authorship and production of “A Land Without People for a People Without Land” (2007), an exhibition on the political and social situation in Palestine (totalling 33 presentations in seven countries), resulting in the publication of the homonymous book co-authored with Adam Kershaw (2009);
• Co-curatorship with Annelys de Vet of “Unmapping the World”, an exhibition on critical cartography held within the scope of EXD – Lisbon Design Biennial (2013);
• Authorship and production of “The Face of Confiança” (2016) and “A (hi)story of Confiança” (2017), exhibitions based on historical research on the factory of Saboaria e Perfumaria Confiança, the latter of which resulted in the publication of the homonymous book published by Tinta-da-china editions (2017);
• Authorship and production of “5th Notebook – Essay on the Archives of Rivoli” (2017), an exhibition based on historical research on the Rivoli Municipal Theatre of Porto, which resulted in the publication of the homonymous publication published by the Porto City Council (2017);
• Co-curatorship and co-production of “Post-Amnesia: Dismantling Colonial Manifestations” (2021), a series of online debates on colonial legacies in the city of Porto;
• Co-curatorship with Alexandra Balona and Melissa Rodrigues of “An Elephant in the Crystal Palace” (2021), a public program about the First Portuguese Colonial Exhibition (Porto, 1934) at the Porto Municipal Gallery, which will result in the publication of the homonymous publication to be published by the Porto City Council (2022, in press).
He has exhibited his work, given talks, participated in conferences and/or conducted workshops in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
His work can be seen at www.nunocoelho.net
Full CV at www.cienciavitae.pt/7714-4D12-7E18