João Tabarra

João Tabarra (Lisbon, 1966) studied photography at Ar.Co (Centre for Art and Visual Communication) and currently lives and works in Lisbon. He began exhibiting his work regularly at the end of the 80’s, having today a solid path that includes participating in important national and international exhibitions. His works of art are part of prestigious (institutional and private) collections, which can be viewed both in Portugal and abroad. He continues to develop and exhibit his work, and is often invited to take part in conferences, debates and master classes in renowned institutions. In 2015, he was invited to develop his investigation for PHD in the Algarve University, “Biotope: Contemporary Biopolitics for the Inner Citadel”, thesis supervisor/advisor: Nicole Brenez. João Tabarra is currently teacher at the Moving Image in the Media Arts department, at the HGK Karlsruhe university for Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, in Germany.

In the fall of 2016, João Tabarra traveled to Karlsruhe with his camera to make a city portrait of the place in 24 photos. At the time he knew little of the place and he decided to use the postcard image as a starting point to discover the city of Karlsruhe. He tried to make the city reveal itself and highlighted places that are usually not seen as places of interests.This resulted is the fascinating and humorous series 24 failed attempts to 'build' a postcard.


João Tabarra (Lissabon, 1966) studierte Fotografie am Ar.Co (Center for Art and Visual Communication) und wohnt und arbeitet derzeit in Lissabon. Seit Ende der 80er Jahre stellt er seine Arbeiten regelmäßig aus, inzwischen sind seine Fotografien Teil renommierter (institutioneller und privater) Sammlungen, die sowohl in Portugal als auch im Ausland besichtigt werden können. Während seine Kunstwerke bei wichtigen nationalen und internationalen Ausstellungen zu sehen sind, entwickelt Tabarra sein Werk ständig weiter, außerdem wird er häufig zu Konferenzen, Debatten und Masterclasses an bekannten Institutionen eingeladen.

2015 wurde er für die Entwicklung seiner Promotionsforschung an die Algarve University eingeladen. Das Thema lautet “Biotope: Contemporary Biopolitics for the Inner Citadel”, Betreuerin der Doktorarbeit ist Nicole Brenez. João Tabarra ist derzeit Dozent für Video/Moving Image in der Fachgruppe für Medienkunst an der HfG, der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe.