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Leonora de Barros

1953, São Paulo, Brazil

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Lenora de Barros graduated in Linguistics from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and started her artistic career in the 1970’s, a time of intense experimentalism in Brazilian art, marked by a strong constructive and avant-gardist bent since the 50’s. The first works created by Lenora de Barros can be placed in the field of visual poetry springing from the concrete poetry movement from the 1950’s. Words and images were her initial materials.

In 1983, de Barros published the book Onde Se Vê [Where One Sees], a set of rather uncommon poems. Some of them dismissed the use of words, being constructed as photographic sequences where the artist herself acted out different characters in performance acts. This book announced Lenora de Barros’ transit into the field of visual arts, what eventually came to happen. Since then, the artist has been following her own personal path, marked by the use of diversified languages such as video, performance, photography, sound installation and construction of objects.

Among the recent exhibitions and activities stand out the solo show ISSOÉOSSODISSO (THIS IS THE BONE OF THIS), curated by Priscila Arantes at Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil, 2016; Riso e Lágrima não tem sotaque (Laughter and Tears Have No Accent), curated by Fernanda Brenner, with Cibelle Cavalli Bastos and Daniel Albuquerque, Camden Arts Centre, London, England; XÔ-DOR, Parede da Gentil, Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil; Soft Power – Arte Brasilin in tandem with Eli Sudbrack and Cid Campos, Kunsthal KadE, Amersfoort, Holland; Space to Dream: Recent Art from South America, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, curated by Zara Stanhope and Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel, Auckland, New Zealand; Resistance Performed — Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland 2015; L’Eloge de l’heure, MUDAC – Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2015; Encruzilhada, curated by Bernardo Mosqueira, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015; Umas e Outras (Some and Others), curated by Glória Ferreira, PIVÔ, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014; ULTRAPASSADO I e II, Broadway 1602, New York, USA, 2014; Pregação (Nail action), curated by Daniel Rangel, ICCO + Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY, USA; wehave nothingtosay, Mandragoras Art Space, in tanden with Laura Lona, New York, USA.

 

Las update 25th May, 2017.