Born in 1984 in North Carolina, USA. Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal


In films and other narrative formats, Gabriel Abrantes uses storytelling as a tool to examine the ways in which technology increasingly mediates human relationships and facilitates understandings of emotional experiences. Abrantes introduces radical but plausible scenarios into the comforts of immediately familiar situations as a means of reconciling an ever-changing present with an enchanted future where nature, humans, and all other sentient systems exist in harmonious synergy. Probing cross-cultural histories, traditions, and memories, Abrantes further deploys humor and tropes of animated films and illustrated children’s books to foster an emotional resonance in his works that encourages curiosity and wonderment. (Recipient of the Grand Prize during the Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique in 2018)