Paula Nascimento was born in Luanda, Angola, where she currently lives and works.
Nascimento is Director of the collective Beyond Entropy Africa, which serves as an Adjunct
Curator for Books and Works on Paper at Zeitz MOCAA.
Nascimento studied at London South Bank University (London, UK) and the Architectural
Association School of Architecture (London, UK). She is currently Director of Beyond Entropy
Africa, which she co-founded with Stefano Rabolli Pansera in 2011. It aims to broaden the
understanding of how urbanisation occurs in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a Consultant for
COBA Engineering and Environmental Consultants (Luanda, Angola).
As part of Beyond Entropy, Nascimento co-curated ‘Luanda, Encyclopedic City’, Angolan
Pavilion, 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennial (Venice, Italy) in 2013, which won the
Golden Lion. In 2012, also with Beyond Entropy, she co-curated ‘Beyond Entropy Angola’,
Angolan Pavilion, 13th International Architectural Exhibition, Venice Biennial (Venice, Italy). She
co-curated the exhibition ‘Luanda de Baixo P’ra Cima’, iperforma (Porto, Portugal) in 2012.
Nascimento co-published, with Ana Vaz Milheiro and Stefano Serventi, Ilha de São Jorge,
Porto, Portugal, HANGAR, 2014.
Nascimento was a member of the Angola’s Inter-Ministerial Committee for Expo Milano 2015,
advising on the country’s participation in the exposition. She received the 35th Angolan Award
for Arts and Culture.