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This week we released interviews with the following artists:

Rodrigo Braga

“When I decide to do something it means i cant wait any longer. Id say its almost through a limiting condition when I’ve had enough of ‘not doing it’. That is when I take a break to isolate myself a little from that routine condition that we assume.

Such is the way Rodrigo Braga begins his reply to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “In general, in your activity, how does a new project start?”

Braga does not work a lot in his studio, as he does not have a creation routine. “It usually happens to me in a mood or state of imminent events”, he explains.

The artist uses photography and video as main medias, however he considers the two to be intertwined with other forms of creation. “It is no wonder photography (…) brings a bit of painting, sculpture.’

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Virginia de Medeiros

The work of Virginia de Medeiros centers on documentary strategies, as a means to transgress mainstream accounts and question the boundaries between reality and fiction. The artist deals with three themes within the field of art and documentary: dislocation, participation, and fabulation.

In her video-interview, Virgínia de Medeiros replies to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “How do you choose the predominant themes in your work?”

“I am interested in entering situations where the social code and morality are different from the normative standards, being impacted by these codes and seeing what connection this will have in me”, says the artist, whose preferred language is video-installation.

Virgínia speaks about her desire to deconstruct femininity stereotypes, a subject she studied for her masters degree. “I became interesed in working with transvestites. At first it was because they built themselves on the myth of femininity that I was deconstructing on my masters degree.”

She also tells of her “chair of affections”, where transvestites would sit and tell stories that were recorded in video, for a project named “Studio Butterfly”.

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José Augusto Amaro Capela, also known as Zezão, began his quest to conquer the underworld with graffiti in São Paulo in the 90s.

In this video he answers a question by critic-curator Renata Azambuja: “Do you work alone or collectively?”

The artist explains how his route through art led him increasingly further collective work, but at the same time, being a self-taught artist, he believes the street was his university and his personal experiences determined his trajectory.

Currently having graffiti as just one of his work components, Zezão says he is not solely focused in documenting his works but also looks for specific places to paint where an intersting photograph can be taken, where “work talks with architecture”, for instance.

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