Bárbara Macedo

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1994
Lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

Website: babimacedo.wixsite.com/babimacedo

Bárbara Macedo is a visual artist, researcher and art teacher; she is a transvestite and makumbeira. Holds a Bachelor’s degree of Visual Arts from Escola Guignard – UEMG. Investigates the crossroads between art, transvestite and makumba. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, including: “Babélica” (2023), “Museu Travesti da Neca” (2021), “BRAsA” (2019) and “Coleção Grandes Mestres das Nudes” (2018).

She worked as the curator and coordinator of the Fourth Queer Artistic Residency (2018) and as the curator of the exhibition “Trajetória Viva” (2020). Sees spirituality not only as an investigative theme, but also as a field of collective creation between the artist and the dead with whom she lives daily. Is interested in unlocking colonial traps and creatively using her good and bad moods. She is an artist from the crossroads, a place where she creates images and spells in the quest to emancipate a transvestite art. She nurtures herself with enchanted knowledge brought by the dead in the terreiro that she is part of, composed mostly of transvestites, including its caretaker-of-saint; locating as her epistemic reference the one that is based on the makumbas, on her own body and on the corporeities of other transvestites that she has been photographing for eleven years.

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