Bernardo José de Souza

(this page was last updated in February 2018)

Lives and works in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2018.

Bernardo José de Souza is curator, professor and art critic. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Iberê Camargo Foundation. He was Coordinator of Cinema, Video, and Photography of the Secretariat of Culture of Porto Alegre from 2005 to 2013 and was a curator of the 9th Mercosur Biennial (Porto Alegre, 2013). Since then, he has been developing curative projects for spaces and institutions, among which it is worth mentioning the show “To See What Is Coming”, at Largo das Artes (Rio de Janeiro, 2014); the 19th Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil (São Paulo, 2015); the exhibitions “A Mão Negativa”, at Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro, 2015); “Através do Espelho”, special project of ArtRio International Fair (Rio de Janeiro, 2015); “Tudo o que É Sólido Desmancha no Ar”, at Jaqueline Martins Gallery (São Paulo, 2015); the “Crossings and Passages” programme at the Goodman Gallery (Cape Town, 2016); “Vivemos na Melhor Cidade”, at Atoms (Rio de Janeiro, 2016); and the “Art and Activism” programme in Latin America – Prince Claus Fund / Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at Despina (Rio de Janeiro, 2016 and 2017).

Graduated in Social Communication at PUCRS and Specialist in Photography and Fashion at the University of Arts London; between 2006 and 2013 was a professor for undergraduate and graduate at PUCRS, ESPMRS, UNISINOS and FEEVALE universities. Currently, he is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts at Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. He teaches curatorial courses at Despina, Rio de Janeiro, and collaborates with periodicals on art and visual culture, such as Select, Arte Brasileiros, Terremoto, Vogue, Urbe, amongst other publications. He was a member of the curators’ boards of the MACRS, the Vera Chaves Barcellos Foundation and FUNDACINE and is now a member of the Advisory Board of the Despina Cultural Association, in Rio de Janeiro.


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