Born in North Carolina, United States, in 1984. In 2006 he received his BA in Cinema and Visual Arts at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York. In 2005/2006 studied at L'Ecole National des Beaux-Arts, in Paris and in 2007 studied at Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France.
In 2010 Gabriel Abrantes, Natxo Checa and ZŽ dos Bois established A Mutual Respect: a film production company focusing on finding alternative and flexible means to produce moving images of an innovative and experimental nature. In 2010 they produced A History of Mutual Respect (Directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt) in Brazilia, Brazil; Liberdade (Directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Benjamin Crotty) in Luanda, Angola; and Pal‡cios de Pena (Directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt) in Lisbon, Portugal, which had its international premiere at the 68th Venice Film Festival in the Orrizonti competition.
In 2011 he begins teaching History of Cinema and Experimental Cinema Production at a newly founded experimental cinema School, Escola Deus Ex Maquina.
Liberdade won the Film and Video Prize at the Locarno Film Festival 2011, and the RESET Best Short Film Director Prize at Indie Lisboa 2011. A History of Mutual Respect won the Pardino d'Oro for Best Short film at Locarno Film Festival 2010, PrŽmio Media Recording for Best Portuguese Film at Indie Lisboa '10, KODAK Cinelabs Prize at EXPIFF Bucharest, 2010, and PrŽmio dos Cineclubes at Festival Luso Brasileiro, St. Maria da Feira and Best Experimental Short Film at Melbourne Film Festival. Visionary Iraq won the New Talent Fnac Award at Indie Lisboa'09. He won the EDP Novos Artistas Prize in 2009 for his video-instalation Too Many Daddies, Mommies and Babies. His film Olympia I et II (co-directed with Katie Widloski) also won the KODAK Cinelabs at EXPIFF Bucharest, 2010. A History of Mutual Respect was considered one of the Best films of 2010 by Sight et Sound Magazine, British Film Institute. Visionary Iraq was considered one of the Best films of 2010 by ArtForum and Purple Magazine.
A solo exhibition of all his film works was held at Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimar‹es from Septempter-December 2010. A book about his films was published as a result of the exhibition. His work was also the focus of a retrospective at Entrevues, Belfort Film Festival in 2010 and at Circuito Off Venice film festival 2011.
Since 2002 he has regular solo exhibitions: Buttpocalipse, Galeria 111, Lisbon, 2007; Visionary Iraq, with Benjamin Crotty, Galeria 111, Oporto; Too Many Daddies, Mommies, and Babies, Lumiar CitŽ - Maumaus, Lisbon, 20-30 Experiments in Moral Relativism, Galeria 111, Lisbon in 2008; ZAAL 5 Film Huis Den Haag, Den Hag, 2009.
Gabriel Abrantes' work was in a number of important collective exhibitions, namely in 2010: Dynasty at Palais de Tokyo and MusŽe d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris France ; Reset at Fondation Ricard in Paris, France, curated by Christophe Kihm. His films have been shown in the Centre Pompidou, the Cinemateque Francaise, and the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, France.
Currently living and working in Lisbon, he is preparing his next films, focusing on the new identities, new power dynamics, and new narratives that are being forged as a result of the rapid economic development of non-occidental nations.
À Côté court / Réalisation
Ennui ennui (2013)
Compétition fiction > 2014
A brief History of Princess X (2016)
Compétition Art Vidéo 1 > 2016
Extrait du film "Ennui ennui"