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PIPA Prize 2022 nominee.
Clara Moreira is a visual artist born and living in Recife, Brazil. Her artistic research is developed through the use of meticulous hand drawing, testing it as a language of poetic and frank, intimate and collective dialogue. “I have been walking with the drawing, slowly, it is about my body, this body that I carry. Other times I drag my it, and it escapes through my fingers, coming from the exhausted scapula. I draw myself into animals, I draw the thread of the mirror, I unravel the satin ribbons from the inside, I tie myself in strands of hair.”
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2022:
” I have always been drawing. When I was a child, I learned drawing techniques from my father which he learned from his mother. In our entire working-class family, everyone was an artist except that no one could have that occupation as a professional experience, but as a popular, diluted experience, in the daily practice of the life in the poor outskirts of Recife: I grew up/learned in a family of street and wedding decorators, of people who engaged in activities such as pastoril and quadrilha (popular Northeastern Brazilian traditional festivities), street theater, singing, clowning, standard-bearers on carnival parades. I have always drawn, and I have always drawn with the purpose of hiding a secret within the image. I did it all my life and the drawing never left the inside of my arm and it is, in my body, my connection with art (I’m attached to drawing like someone is attached to a part of their own body. I can’t explain it, at the same time that it defines me, it’s my job and it’s also my lover, it’s something old and it’s a surprise). Because of drawing, I have always been linked to the desire, the secrecy and the destiny of being an artist. Gradually, the work of an artist has become my profession and later it finally became an inevitable condition, but it’s not easy. It’s unstable like walking on a tightrope, it has more abyss than ground. But I need to try. “
“ #CulturaEmRedeSescPE Vídeo de Artista Diário para o desenho do espelho | 21/08”, 2020. Duration 15’42”
“ Processos corpóreos riscar, habitar, pousar – FESTIVAL DESENHO VIVO ”, 2021. Duration 125’32”
“ Clara Moreira”, 2021. Duration 13’36”