Lenora de Barros

São Paulo, SP, 1953.
Lives and works in São Paulo, SP.

PIPA 2010 nominee.
PIPA 2012 Nominating Committee member.


Video made by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2010.



About the artist

Graduated in Linguistics from Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas da Universidade de São Paulo – FFLCH/USP.

Poet and visual artist, her artwork evolves from a variety of languages, such as video, poetry performance, photography and installation.

In 1980, at the 17ª Bienal de São Paulo, she exhibits visual poems, that were performed at the first time in videotext.

In 1983, publishes the book Onde se Vê , published by Klaxon, which brought together a collection of “poems”writen between 1975 and 1982. Some of them did not use words: they were made from photographic sequences, in which the artist herself appeared as a character in the performances.

Between 1990 and 1991, she moves to Milan, where she held the solo exhibition Poesia é coisa de nada at the Galeria Mercato del Sale, that show worhs from 1985 to 1990. Still in Milan, she is curator of the exhibition Poesia Concreta in Brasile, in Archivo della Grazia di Nuova Scrittura.

Back in Brazil, during the years 1993 to 1995, she is a collaborator of the Jornal da Tarde and sign the column …umas, about poetic experiences and photo-performatives.

In 1998, she takes part in the 29ª Bienal de São Paulo together with Arnaldo Antunes and Walter Silveira, with the installation A Contribuição Multimilionária de Todos os Erros.

Together with the musician Cid Campos, she creates, in 2001, the sound installation and the performance (Des)Encorpa for the exhibition The Overexcited Body, at Palazzo Arengario, in Milan.

In 2002 she is awarded with a scholarship from the Fundação Vitae and the develops the project of the object-book Para Ver em Voz Alta. On this year, the sound installation Deve haver nada a ver is awarded at the 1ª Mostra RioArte, at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro – MAM/RJ.

She took part, with the video-installation Não quero nem ver, the 5° Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Her work is in public and private collections in Brazil and abroad: Museu d’Art Contemporani of Barcelona, Daros-Latinamerica, Zurich, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM).

She created, as curator-artist, the Radiovisual, at the 7ª Bienal do Mercosul – Grito e Escuta, Porto Alegre-RS, Oct/Nov 2009.

Among the recent shows that she took part, the following are highlighted: ISSOÉOSSODISSO, Oi Futuro Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, 2010, Só por es-tar, Galeria Millan, São Paulo-SP, Brazil, 2009, FOR YOU, The Daros Latinamerica Tapes and Video Installations, Zürich, Switzerland, 2009, MAM 60, with the curatorship by Annateresa Fabris and Luiz Camillo Osório, OCA, Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo-SP 2008; Temporália (individual), Galeria Millan, São Paulo-SP, 2008, HETERONÍMIA–BRASIL, Museo de América, with the curatorship by Adolfo Montejo Navas, Madrid, Spain, 2008. Retalhação, at Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo-SP, 2007, Arte, Deshonra y Violencia en el contexto Iberoamericano, curatorship by Patricia Bentancur and Luis Camnitzer, Cubo del Centro Cultural de España, Montevidéu, Uruguay, 2007, Desidentidad, at Institut Valencià d’Art Moderne-IVAM, Valencia, Spain, 2006.


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