Hilda de Paulo

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

Lives and works in Porto, Portugal.
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2024.

Hilda de Paulo (Inhumas-GO, Brazil, 1987) is an artist, researcher, writer and independent curator, third-world travesti, advocate of transfeminism as a decolonial method and author of the Arquivo Gis project, programmer of Queer Lisboa and Queer Porto, founding member of Cia. Excessos and of eRevista Performatus.

She is currently studying for a PhD in Literary, Cultural and Interartistic Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto in Portugal. She specialized in Plastic Arts with a degree in Sculpture and in Contemporary Artistic Practices, both at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, and graduated in Art History from the Faculty of Letters of the same university.

Her recent solo exhibitions include: “Coração Travesti” (KUBIKULO Project, Kubikgallery, Porto, Portugal, 2022) and “Princesinha do Cerrado” (Centre for Art and Architecture Affairs, Guimarães, Portugal, 2021). As for the recent group shows: “Espaço para o Corpo: Obras da Coleção de Serralves” (Galeria Municipal de Barcelos, Barcelos, Portugal, 2023), “Leiðnivír | Conducting Wire” (Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland, 2023), “Zil, Zil, Zil” (Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil, 2022) and “Erro 417: Expectativa Falhada” (Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal, 2021).

Some of her works are permanently included in the collections of institutions such as the Akureyri Art Museum (Akureyri, Iceland), the Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal), the Municipal Art Collection of the city of Porto (Portugal), the Cerveira Art Biennial Foundation (Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal), the Museum of Art of Goiânia (Goiânia-GO, Brazil), the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (São Paulo-SP, Brazil), the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói (Niterói-RJ, Brazil) and the Memorial Foundation of Latin America (São Paulo-SP, Brazil).

She was the adjunct curator of the exhibitions “Ana Mendieta: Silhueta em Fogo” and “terra abrecaminhos” (2023) at SESC Pompeia (São Paulo-SP, Brazil), as well as part of the coordination, of the parallel program’s idealization and of the editorial organization of “terra abrecaminhos”. Alongside Tales Frey, she curated the Performatus I exhibition (2014) at Central Galeria de Arte (São Paulo-SP) and the Performatus II exhibition (2017) at SESC Santos (Santos-SP, Brazil), as well as the exhibition “ÁguaAr” (2015), by Suzana Queiroga, at the Centre for Art and Architecture Affairs (Guimarães, Portugal), among others.

She was also the creator of the lecture-performance-workshop “O Que Vem Depois da Esperança?” (2022) produced by Teatro Universitário do Porto and awarded by the Porto City Council’s annual competition to support creation Criatório 2021, and presented at mala voadora (Porto, Portugal).

Hilda has taken part in the following artistic residencies: Artistas Douro (mala voadora, Porto, Portugal, 2023), TUP em Residência (mala voadora; CRL-Central Elétrica; Túnel, Porto, Portugal, 2021-22); Despina Residency Program (Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil, 2019); Fjúk Arts Centre (Húsavík, Iceland, 2015-16); and Casa do Sol – Instituto Hilda Hilst (Campinas-SP, Brazil, 2014).

She co-organized the autobiography “Quinze anos de minha vida”, by Loïe Fuller, the book “Henri de Gissey de Paris: Desenhista Ordinário dos Divertimentos e dos Balés do Rei (1608 – 1675)”, by Anatole de Montaiglon, among other books. She took part in the publications “VOLTA PRA TUA TERRA: Uma Antologia Antirracista/Antifascista de Escritoras Estrangeiras em Portugal” and “VOLTA PRA TUA TERRA: Uma Antologia Antirracista/Antifascista de Poetas Estrangeirxs em Portugal”, among others.

The main continuing education courses she has attended are: “Laboratory Karawanasun” with Rena Mirecka (Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego, Brzezinka, Poland), “Practical workshops” with Mario Biagini and Thomas Richards (Fondazione Pontedera Teatro and at The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Pontedera, Italy); “Odin Week” with Eugenio Barba and Odin Teatret (Holstebro, Denmark), “La Esencia del Actor a través del Movimento y La voz” with Yoshi Oïda (Estudio Dramático, Valencia, Spain); among others.

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