Raquel Nava

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

 Brasília, Brazil, 1981
Lives and works in Brasília, Brazil

Represented by Galeria Portas Vilaseca and Alfinete Galeria

PIPA Prize 2018 nominee
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2024

Using taxidermy and the biological remains of animals juxtaposed with industrialized materials, Raquel Nava investigates the cycle of organic and inorganic matter and its relationship to cultural desires and habits. The diversity of her production lies in her experiments with techniques and materials. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts (2007) and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Poetics (Capes 2010-12) from the University of Brasília – VIS/UnB. She was a student at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires/UBA (2005). She has worked as a distance tutor and supervising teacher for a degree in Visual Arts at the Open University of Brazil – UAB/UnB (2010-17) and as a temporary lecturer at the University of Brasilia (2021-23). She is currently a PhD student in the Displacements and Spatialities research line at the Department of Visual Arts – VIS/UnB (Capes Scholarship). She was awarded a grant from the Cultural Support Fund for Artistic and Cultural Projects of the Federal District in 2017 for the research project “Contemporary Taxidermy: transformations and appropriations” and in 2021 for the research project “Stomachs: fragmented bodies and poorly digested ideas”. She has been exhibiting regularly since 2008, with solo shows in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Paris. Her works are in the collection of the National Museum of the Republic in Brasília, the Federal University of Goiás Cultural Center – UFG, the House of Latin America – CAL/UnB and the São Paulo Cultural Center/CCSP.

Website: raquelnava.net

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