Co-founder of The Decorators, the interdisciplinary practice creates collaborative public realm interventions and cultural programmes.Working between Porto and London, Pestana's work lies in the realm of social practices and the role of fiction in re-imagining the future for an age marked by technological progress and ecological crisis.
Pestana is the curator of Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene, an exhibition that looks at how designers are responding to the damaged caused against the environment.She has also curated exhibitions at the V&A Museum, including The Future Starts Here show, and ArkDes – the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design.
At present, Pestana is curating Fiction Practice, the Young Curators Lab for the Porto Design Biennale 2019.Pestana holds a PhD in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, and has taught at various institutions including Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, and the Royal College of Arts.
"Mariana Pestana’s passionate approach will be beneficial to the biennial in many ways, and her critical reflections on contemporary issues and enquiries into fictional futures are quite intriguing. We believe that she will put all her soul into turning this edition into a memorable one, and relish the opportunity to extend the collaborative approach of the Istanbul Design Biennial," Istanbul Design Biennial’s Advisory Board said.The Istanbul Design Biennial will take place from 26 September – 8 November 2020. The conceptual framework for the biennial is yet to be announced.