Tamar Guimarães

Born in Viçosa (MG), Brazil, in 1967.
Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Nominated artist for PIPA 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Video made by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2013.


About the artist

Tamar Guimarães is an artist based in Copenhagen. Thinking of documents as palimpsests, her practice proposes historical narratives as contingent and fluid, and as spaces from which one can speculate on the present. She’s involved in the organization of small, intimate gatherings, collective readings, small-scale public talks and film screenings, invested on the possibilities of creating transient micro-communities and minor public events. Her recent exhibitions include the 29th São Paulo Bienal; The Work of the Spirit (Parade) – solo show at Gasworks, London; Monkey See, Monkey Do, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; The watchers, the liars, the dreamers, Frac Ile-de-France / Le Plateau, Paris; Panorama, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil; solo shows at David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, at Artspace Sydney and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia; the Nordic Triennial, Eskilstuna Museum, Sweden; Traveling Show, La Coleccion Jumex , Mexico City; Bright Morning Star/ Kenneth Anger cycle, at Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; the 7th Gwangju Biennial (Korea); the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (China) and I know the world, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam. She was a studio fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program (NY) in 2007-2008 and a research curator for the Third Guangzhou Triennial in 2008.

Selected exhibitions and projects

Do You Remember the Future?, curated by Simon Sheikh, St. Petersburg.
Second World Cycle, curated by WHW, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia.
The Work of the Spirit (Parade), Solo project, Gasworks, London.
Subjective Projections, at Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany) introduced by J.Fabricius.
Lunds Konsthall Presentation, Lund, Sweden.
Epílogo, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.
ICI Project 35, Independent Curators International, multiple venues.
Grand Domestic Revolution, Casco Projects, Utrecht, Netherlands.
29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Monkey See, Monkey Do, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
The watchers, the liars, the dreamers, Frac Ile-de-France / Le Plateau, Paris.
Traveling Show, La Coleccion Jumex , Mexico City.
No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London.
Nordic Triennial, Eskilstuna Museum, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Images Film Festival and Experimental Media Congress, Toronto, Canada.
Limited Access 2, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
A Man Called Love, solo show at Artspace Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
Dura Lex Sed Lex, solo show at David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Panorama, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dura Lex Sed Lex (no cabelo so Gumex), Solo show at Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria.
A Man Called Love, solo show at Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
Bright Morning Star, Kenneth Anger cycle, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal.
Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany.
7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea.
3rd Guanghzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou, China.
Así se escribe la historia, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain.
Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.


2007 – 2009
Art Theory, MA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
2007 – 2008
Studio Fellow, Whitney Independent Study Program, New York
2005 – 2007
Fine Arts, MFA, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden
1999 – 2002
Fine Arts, BA Honours, Goldsmiths College, University of London


Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Casco Projects, Utrecht, Netherlands
Capacete Residency Program, Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Publications and Press

São Paulo Biennial Review, Tim Griffin, Art Forum, December issue.
Politics and “The Political” at the 29th São Paulo Biennial, Octavio Zaya, online review
A Man Called Love, publication in collaboration with Capacete and Forlaget * [asterisk]
29th São Paulo Bienal, catalogue
Bright Morning Star, Review, Miguel Amado, Artforum, November issue.
Printed Project, published by Visual Artists Ireland.
Gwangju Bienial Catalogue, Gwangju, Korea.
Guangzhou Trienial Catalogue, Guangzhou, China.
A Principle of Assumptions, Review, Ozge Ersoy, Bidoun Magazine, issue #15.
Interfacing Practices, Review, Astrid Mania, Artnet Magazine,


Public Collections
Frac Lorraine, France.
Guandong Museum, Guangzhou, China

Gallery representation
Fortes Vilaça


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