(New York, USA)
Berna Reale, PIPA 2019 finalist, presents “While You Laugh/Enquanto você ri“, at Nara Roesler Gallery, in New York, USA. Until June 15, she exhibits a series of recent photographs and videos, curated by Claudia Calirman. In her performances and installations, Reale engages either her own body or those of willing participants to reflect on the contemporary sociopolitical moment.
In her work, the artist discusses the violence in Brazil and other public issues through “Bi”, a character she portrays in a head-to-toe pink bodysuit with enlarged foam breasts and testicles. These social themes particularly affect Berna due to her experience as a forensic expert since 2010.
Claudia Calirman writes: “Through her carefully constructed non-binary character “Bi,” Reale challenges prejudice and discrimination. Addressing underprivileged and marginalized victims of the violence permeated in daily life, be it physical or psychological, Bi depicts society’s systematic exclusion of the already excluded. Reale’s work is forceful, raw, and blunt, as she exposes in playful but radical ways diverse forms of the injustices inflicted by savage capitalism, police brutality, militias, and hate crimes.”
“While You Laugh/Enquanto você ri“, solo exhibition with Berna Reale
Curated by Claudia Calirman
From April 24 to June 15, 2019
Nara Roesler Gallery
22 east 69th street 3r, New York, USA
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