Tiago Mestre’s practice is concerned with the idea of displacement, both in terms of discipline and territory. Originally trained as architect, his sculptures and installations reflect his status as a Portuguese artist living and working in Brazil and the historical associations of human and artistic flows between the two countries. The work actively resists a singular reading and engages with different symbolic and anthropological registers through a critical approach to materiality and modes of presentation.
During his residency at Gasworks, Mestre plans to engage with the ceramics collection at the V&A, one of the most extensive and comprehensive in the world and featuring ceramic works from 2500 BC to the present day. By studying such a rich craft history he will seek to find new frameworks and vocabularies for his ongoing work.