Elida Tessler

Lives and works in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2010 and 2020

Elida Tessler is a visual artist and was a teacher at the Visual Arts Department and at the Post-Graduation in Visual Arts Program from the Instituto de Artes da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS. She has a Doctors Degree in Art History from Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), where she resided from 1988 to 1993. Between 2009 and 2010, she studied for PHD at EHESS-Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and alongside the Art Philosophy Center – UFR de Philosophie – Université de Paris I- Panthéon – Sorbonne. She got a productive research scholarship in CNPq between 2008 and 2016. She was founded in 1993 and coordinated until 2009, alongside with Jailton Moreira, the TORREÃO, a space for production and research in contemporary art, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She keeps her artistic research around the relationships between art and literature. She’s taken part in many national and international exhibitions among them “Ecos Mecânicos: A máquina de escrever e a prática artística” – Museu de Arte contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo MAC-USP (20180;   “A condição básica” – Fundação Vera Chaves Barcellos – FVCB – Viamão/RS.(2018);” Global Books – L’aventure singulière de Gervais Jassaud” – Bibliothèque Louis Nucéra – Nice, França.(2014);”James Joyce & Company” – Moufflon Bookshop – House Hadjigeogakis- Nicósia, Chipre.(2014); “The Storytellers – Narratives in International Contemporary” –  Art. Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Noruega.(2012) ; ” 8° Bienal do Mercosul” – Porto Alegre/RS (2011). Among her solo exhibitions, her most recent ones are: “Copiar Recortar Colar” – Galeria Bolsa de Arte São Paulo (2017); “365” – Galeria Bolsa de Arte Porto Alegre/RS (2015); “Gramática intuitiva” — Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil. In May of 2000, with the poet Manoel Ricardo de Lima, she published the book “Falas Inacabadas – Objetos e um poema” from Tomo Editorial, Porto Alegre. Since then she dedicates herself to the production of books that feature the relation between words and images.


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