John Romão, Arco da Histeria, 2010. Performance with Nilo Galego and Guilherme Moura at Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon. Photo: Bruno Simão. Courtesy Galeria Zé dos Bois
Created in 1994 as a nonprofit organization by a civic initiative, Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB) is an art center based in a 26,909-square-foot, eighteenth-century palace in the heart of Bairro Alto, Lisbon.
A creation, production and promotion structure for contemporary art, ZDB instigates the research and investigation of artists involved with visual and performing arts, as well as film and music. The center produces and presents exhibitions, and hosts more than 150 arts events per year, including residencies, educational programs, theater, dance performances, lectures, and music concerts.
ZDB has worked with João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Kenneth Anger, Rigo 23, Alexandre Estrela, Emory Douglas, Gabriel Abrantes, Société Realiste, Marcelí Antunez, André Cepeda, Patrícia Portela, Roger Bernat, Tânia Carvalho, Ann Liv Young, Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz, John Romão, Keiji Haino, Animal Collective, Sunn O))), Bonnie “Prince” Billy, John Maus, Norberto Lobo, Arthur Doyle, Lee Ranaldo, Dirty Projectors, Sei Miguel, Grouper, Black Dice, and Faust, among many others.
Driven by the desire to intensify and exchange knowledge with artists through creative and productive practices, ZDB promotes international and local residencies, and establishes long-term working relationships with those aiming to produce unique projects.