Manuela Medeiros

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The artist Manoela Medeiros has a research that, immediately, we could relate almost entirely to an interest in architecture, both in ways of experiencing space and the erected structures, and in ways of subverting the experiences we have in a place.

The passage of time, moreover, is an underlying theme that emerges in different embodiments, whether in the form of poetic records of the path of the sun’s displacement by the light that enters through the window and focuses on movement (as in Indício de Veneza, 2015, or Floating Landscape, 2016), whether in a search for the past history of the places where she works or where she is invited to intervene – her production often involves interventions in the architectural components of the spaces she occupies, peeling off areas of walls and revealing all the sediments accumulated on that surface.

However, it is equally possible to state that the artist's interest resides, in fact, in the body, and in the collision of this body with the materials (something that can happen equally in the human scale as in the architectural scale). The truth is that Medeiros works on the borderline between these two fields, without sticking to rigid formats or limiting classifications. In a kind of archeology concerned with finding different ways of articulating the excavated and unearthed layers, with building ruins, Medeiros' body is always involved in his works, in performances thought of as actions carried out before an audience, and in any other of the works that he depend on the artist's different gestures in facing the hardness of the bricks and cement, the weight of the removed material and the resistance of the paint masses.

Manuela Medeiros lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. It is formed by the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. Among his individual exhibitions are: Poeira Varrida, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Gallery, São Paulo (2017); Falling Walls, Double V Gallery, Marseille (2017); Instructions for building a ruin, Casamata Gallery, Rio de Janeiro (2015). Among the collective exhibitions in which he participated, the following stand out: Prix Jeune Création, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris (2017); Ma, curated by Luisa Duarte, Luciana Caravello Gallery (2017); Arte Pará, curated by Paulo Herkenhoff and Marcelo Campos, Belém (2016); In Between, curated by Luisa Duarte, Galeria Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo (2016); Verbo, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2015); 11th Open Wings, A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janeiro (2015). Medeiros has participated in residencies such as Pivô, São Paulo (2018); Cité Des Arts, Paris (2018); FAAP, São Paulo (2017); and L'échangeur 22, Saint Laurent Des Arbes (2016).

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