Elian Almeida

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1994
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Represented by Nara Roesler gallery

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

Elian Almeida bases his practice on the convergence of different languages, such as painting, photography, video and installation, becoming an exponent of a new generation of artists who produce objects and images that claim protagonism for agents and bodies usually marginalized in our society and in the art tradition. With a decolonial approach, his work discusses the experience and performativity of the black body in contemporary society. For this, he recovers elements from the past, images, narratives and characters – official and unofficial – in order to contribute to the strengthening and dissemination of Afro-Brazilian historiography.

When developing his research in the face of the biographies of characters and elements of Afro-Brazilian culture that had their importance erased by history, the artist seeks to attribute their value and sociocultural impact. Elian expands his poetic and pictorial repertoire, revisits the notions of privilege present in Brazilian culture and society and denounces the myth of racial democracy.

Site: instagram.com/elianalmeidaaa/

Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2023:

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