Gabriella Marinho

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

Niterói, Brazil, 1993
Lives and works in São Gonçalo, Brazil

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

I was born, grew up and live in Jardim Catarina, a huge neighborhood in the municipality of São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro. I was raised by black women who introduced me to the world of arts based on their daily experiences. As a continuation of this education, I graduated in Communication with emphasis in Journalism and specialized in Afrikan Literatures, directing my gaze to Angola. The main intention of my artistic processes is to reflect and register my existence based on space, subjectivity, and corporeality. I make clay a material and philosophical starting point through languages such as sculpture, painting, poetry, photography, and audiovisual.

The movements generated from these fabrications have led me to travel inside and outside of Brazil participating in group exhibitions where the highlights are ‘Hu – my joy crossed the sea’ at MAC Niterói, ‘Crônicas Cariocas’ and ‘Um Defeito de cor’ at Museu de Arte do Rio, ‘Vazar o Invisível’ at OM. Art, ‘Nunca foi sorte’ at Central Galeria, in São Paulo, project ”Mostra a tua arte”, in Belém do Pará; individual exhibition ‘do barro ao corpo’ at Sesc São Gonçalo; artistic residence in Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan; critical reviews such as ”art as a means to claim existence and permanence” for Select Magazine, ”chronicles of a celebration of the sea” for Taiwan East Coast Land Arts Festival; participation in panels at Bienal do Livro, ArtSampa, FLUP and Universidad de La Plata; and activities related to art education in public schools. Body, territory and memory intertwine in a suggestion of individual and collective transformation.

Website: @marinhogabriella

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