2017 | NYC | Artist
Paulo Sergio da Silva [Nazareth]
THE RED INSIDE Work in progress
Paulo Nazareth is the 2016 Pipa Prize Winner.
Based in a favela near Belo Horizonte, Paulo Nazareth engages with the complicated present and past of his native Brazil in his performance and installation-based work that draws on his African and indigenous heritage. “My work is about that mix and meeting of many people in Brazil. Religion is mixed, race is mixed, and even philosophy is mixed,” Nazareth has said. “I think it's about the desire of that mixed cultural memory. We Brazilians don’t know where we’re from.” Nazareth, who is of African and indigenous descent, often includes autobiographical elements in his performance and installation-based work, drawing on his personal experiences in various parts of Africa and South America. In notebooks, photographs, videos, and objects, Nazareth recounts and illustrates his stories, revealing and dispelling misperceptions and creating counter narratives to commonly held fallacies about these regions. Nazareth carries with him the baggage of a wanderer, having traveled long distances, from the village of Caiová to New York, from Miami to Mumbai, among several curious destinations. Of these experiences, one might conclude that Nazareth’s narrative signals have been lost, but no, the artist succeeds in combining different references to foster a pluralist relationship between Brazil’s aesthetic historiography and mankind’s path stretching back to its origins.
His work has been shown internatonally in solo and group exhibitions including most recently at: 2016 New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: Brazilian Artists, Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Much wider than a line, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, United States; 2015 Genocide in Americas, Meyer Riegger, Berlin; Kiti Ka' Aeté, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom ; 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas, São Paulo, Brazil ; Walking Sculpture 1967-2015, deCordva Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, USA ; 2014 Che Cherera, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo; The Journal, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London; Banderas Rotas, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; 2013 Veneza Neves, Veneza, Ribeirão das Neves, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Select Permanent Collections: Collections Boros Collection, Berlin Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna Pinault Collection, Paris Coleção Banco Itaú, São Paulo Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro – Gilberto Chateaubriand, Rio de Janeiro Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo
Support: Paulo Sergio da Silva [Nazareth]'s residency is made possible with support from PIPA PRIZE - BRAZIL.