Isabel Sanson Portella

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2024.

She has a degree in Museology, a specialization in History and Architecture of Brazil from PUC-RJ and a Master’s and PhD in Art Criticism and History from the School of Fine Arts/UFRJ. She is currently the coordinator and curator of the Lago Contemporary Art Gallery at the Museum of the Republic (IBRAM). As a specialist and consultant in cultural accessibility, she is developing a project with artists who understand that art can be multisensory, who activate their poetics through senses other than the eye. Notable projects include: Bradesco ArtRio Urban Interventions 2015 and 2016; “Aquilo que nos Une” [That Which Unites Us] at the Caixa Federal Cultural Center – Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In 2022, she was co-curator of the project “Decorporeidade: poéticas artísticas da deficiência” [Decorporeality: artistic poetics of disability], selected for arts support by DGArtes (Portugal), and in 2023 she authored an article on accessibility in the book “Hackeando o poder: Táticas de guerrilha para artistas do Sul global” [Hacking power: Guerrilla tactics for artists from the global South], by Panmela Castro.



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