Feira de Santana, BA, 1959.
Lives and works in Salvador, BA.
PIPA 2011 nominee.
Video made by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2011.
Videos by the artist
Canto doce pequeno labirinto (Small Labyrinth – Sweet Corner) – Part I
Canto doce pequeno labirinto (Small Labyrinth – Sweet Corner) – Part II
teaser – Bicho Geografico (Geographic Beast)
teaser – Zilomag
teaser – O mundo de Janiele (Janiele’s World)
teaser – Águas (Waters)
teaser – 1978 Cidade Submersa ( Submerged City)
About the artist
Caetano Dias is a multi-media artist, one the most inventive of his generation. He was born in the city of Feira de Santana, Bahia, in 1959.
With more than twenty years experience as a practicing artist, he began his career with experimentations in painting, using skin as a reference. In the 1990s, he began using photography to express his developing poetics. He approximated the erotic and the sacred with images appropriated off the Internet, in his photographic series Santos Populares (Folk Saints).
During the first decade of the twenty-first century, he began producing a series of installations, sculptures and videos that more deeply explored the body/identity and sacred/sexuality relationship, working with world cultural icons in dialogue with serious social-cultural issues of the state of Bahia and Brazil. With his video Uma (One) depicting scenes between a couple caught on a beach in Salvador, he took part in the First Latin-American Film Festival of São Paulo, in 2005, and in the Interconnect exhibit, organized by ZKM, a German media and art center, in 2006.
He has carried out urban interventions and videos that engage in a dialogue with the public, such as Pequeno Labirinto – Canto Doce (Small Labyrinth – Sweet Corner), included in the 2007 Videobrasil International Festival, in which the artist built two walls made of sugar in the middle of a busy urban train station on the outskirts of Salvador.
Together with Paulo Darzé Art Gallery, his representative in Bahia, and Marília Razuk Art Gallery, his representative in São Paulo, the artist has exhibited many times at ARCO – International Contemporary Art Fair, in Madrid, and at Art Basel Miami Beach, in the United States. In 2009, he won the Le Fresnoy Audiovisual Creation Award (France) through the Videobrazil Association. With his video O Mundo de Janiele (Janiele’s World) he took part in the “Por um Fio” (By a Thread) exhibit at CPFL Cultural Center (Campinas, Brazil), “Continentes a deriva” (Continents Adrift – Sète, France), “Paisagens Obliquas” (Oblique Landscapes – Faro, Portugal), and at the Paço das Artes museum (São Paulo, Brazil).
In 2010, he had two solo shows: Bicho Geográfico (Geographic Beast), a site- specific installation at Acclamation Palace, an eighteenth century building, in which the artist gave a unique reading of Brazilian historical icons; and Transverso (Transverse), at Paulo Darzé Gallery, which gathered projects about the end of modernist utopias.
In the 2010 video-art piece 1978 – Cidade Submersa (1978 – Submerged City), the artist used the former city of Remanso, submerged after the construction of the Sobradinho dam, as the background for discussing memory and identity related questions. He has been featured by the Bahia Museum of Modern Art’s Cinema de Artista film project. Also in 2010, he took part in several group shows, such as the Second Triennial of Luanda and “Ponto de Equilíbrio” (Balance Point), at Tomie Otake Institute, as well at the Los Angeles Art Fair, in 2011.
Caetano has taken part in the Mercosur, Valencia and Buenos Aires Biennials and the BelleVille/Nuit Blanche Biennial in Paris, and exhibited at group and solo shows in Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, the United States and Canada. His work has been acquired by institutions like the Inter-American Development Bank (Brasília), the Assis Chateaubriand Collection, Casa de las Américas (Cuba), the Museums of Modern Art in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, the Afro-Brazil Museum (São Paulo), and the Berardo Museum (Lisbon), among others.
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