Bel Falleiros

by Caroline Carrion

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Graduated in Architecture from FAU-USP, Bel Falleiros (b. 1983) begins her artistic research informed by urbanism, by how the city exhibits the marks of its history, sometimes more in what it hides than in its monuments, and by how the body – individual and social – is as shaped by the city as it is constructed by it. Born in São Paulo and having lived in New York and Berlin, her life experience in these great metropolises is intertwined with historical, geographical and archaeological research in her artistic production, which generally starts with the act of walking and is formalized through installations, a medium of an interdisciplinary and polyphonic nature.

In 2014, the artist had her first solo show, “About ruins, memories and monuments” at Caixa Cultural São Paulo. Presented as an installation made up of items as diverse as drawings, maps, photographs, stones and the artist's clothing, the project combined the experience of walking around the city with extensive research in the photographic archive of the municipality of São Paulo, guided by its monuments and by the amnesia of its colonial past (it is a city, after all, that “displaced” both its ground zero and the place of the cry for independence to meet narrative conveniences).

As of 2015, with the holding of a collective residency with four other artists at Oficina Oswald de Andrade (Renata Cruz, Laura Gorski, Flavia Mielnik and Alessandra Duarte), the community aspect and collective experience, already latent in her work, seems to emerge more strongly, as well as his interest in stories more ancient than our urban memories. In 2016, the artist presented in Pecos, New Mexico, an installation site-specific which appropriates the procedures of the land art to create, in an ecological and cultural preservation reserve, a space in which history and tradition were expanded by artistic intervention, which could make the area, until then restricted, temporarily accessible to the public. Similarly, in an artist residency held in Detroit in 2017, the artist created a “navel in the earth”, a circular square carved into the site’s own soil, which survives the end of her residency to become a meeting point for the local community.

Currently, Bel Fallerios lives in the United States, between Detroit, New York and a rural area in the state of Virginia.

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