Paulo Nazareth | Brazil

Artist awarded with the Arquetopia_Videobrasil Residency Prize at Arquetopia (Puebla, Mexico)

Visual artist. His work straddles installation, object, video, photography and performance. A rambling artist who travels long stretches, often on foot, such as from Brazil to the United States and from South Africa to France, accumulating experiences, local products, packaging, names and images while executing performance-like actions. His work reflects on the connections between people and continents in the formation of identities, revising them in light of their biographical backgrounds, baring their social and political issues by operating at the boundary between irony and earnestness. Nazareth’s solo shows include Old Hopes, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2017); Genocide in Americas, Galeria Meyer Riegger, Berlin (2015); The Journal, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London (2014); collective shows include OSSO: Exposição-apelo ao amplo direito de defesa de Rafael Braga, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2017); Imagine Brazil, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2013); and the Venice (2013), Lyon (2013), Montevideo (2013) e Benin (2012) biennials. He lives in Belo Horizonte.

L’Arbre D’Oublier | 2013, vídeo
Cine África | 2012-2013, vídeo
Cine Brasil | 2012-2013, vídeo
Ipê Amarelo | 2012-2013, vídeo

Nazareth’s long walks question the notion of boundaries and the global scale. In L’Arbre D’Oublier, filmed in Ouidah, which was once home to one of Africa’s biggest slave trafficking ports, the artist walks 437 times around the Tree of Forgetfulness, which men were made to encircle seven times in a rite meant to erase their memories of the past. The performance gesture, a poetic attempt at rewinding history, is repeated by Nazareth around other trees, in Africa and Brazil, including an ipê amarelo (golden trumpet tree), the national symbol of the latter country.

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