Clara Ianni | Brazil

Artist awarded with the A-I-R LABORATORY residency prize (Warsaw, Poland)

Visual artist. She completed a baccalaureate degree in Visual Arts from the University of São Paulo in 2010, and a master’s degree in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, 2013. In her work, she explores the connections between art, politics and ideology and their historical implications, with frequent reflections on the contradictions of Brazil’s modernization process. Straddling video, installation, objects and site-specific work, Ianni questions hegemonic historical discourses, exploring their blind spots. She has been featured in exhibitions such as the 31st São Paulo Art Biennial (2014); 33rd Panorama of Brazilian Art, São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (2013); the São Paulo Cultural Center Exhibition Program (2012); 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011); and others. She served as assistant curator for the 7th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2012), curated by Artur Zmijewski and Joanna Warsza, and to Régis Michel at the Musée du Louvre (2008 and 2009). Clara Ianni lives and works in São Paulo.

Forma Livre | 2013, video
Forma livre features sketches of Brasília and audio from interviews where architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa are questioned about the slaughter of native candango workers during the construction of the capital. Interested in the discrepancies between discourse and practice, plan and reality, monument and ruin, the artist reveals two mythic figures who refuse to admit to the tragedy. 

Linha | 2013, desenho

The Linhas series explores lines in the context of cartography, approaching them as a political event. 

Artists selected from the artworks call for entries