Vanessa Silvestre Paulo (b.1982, Portugal) practice investigates questions of proximity and distance through photography. She is guided by an interest in notions of looking, in the history and indexes of the photographic medium and its relationship to seeing through or beyond our own eye.

The work references early scientific methodologies whilst generating new ways of considering photography with a special relation with the photographic grain.

She explores natural phenomenas, the qualities of organic form and our relationship to the natural world. It draws analogies: it is about analogue processes, the indexical, but also highlights the capacity to produce associations of thoughts that rely on analogical thinking.

Vanessa is a graduating student from the Royal College of Art (2017).



2015 - 2017 Master of Arts - Photography, Royal College of Art, London

2010 - 2015 – Degree in Fine Art Photography, Ar.Co, Lisbon

2000 – 2006 - BA (Hons) Environmental Sciences, Applied Ecology, Universidade de Évora, Évora.


2017 - Old stars, young dust, RCA Degree Show, London, UK

2017 - Offprint, Tate Modern, London, UK

2017 - P.P.S (Post. Post. Script) Project Space, Letter: Double Take, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2016 - Open House: Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2016 - Bolseiros e Finalistas Ar.Co, Pavilhão 30 H. Júlio de Matos, Lisbon, PT

2016 - RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2014 - Open Studio Ar.Co - Almada, Portugal

2014 - Manteigaria - Lisbon, Portugal