Jonas Arrabal

(this page was last updated in August 2021)

Cabo Frio, Brazil, 1984.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

PIPA 2021 nominee.

Jonas Arrabal is a Visual Artist graduated in Theater Theory from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO) and holds a master’s degree in Visual Arts from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). He started his artistic production in 2011 using various visual languages, such as video, installation and sculpture, setting a dialog between theater, cinema and literature. He begins his research with an investigation encompassing writing and voice, elements which compose the materiality of his works, in order to bring a reflection on a sculptural gesture, tensioning other means of image creation through narrative. In his poetical research, issues putting in evidence a different perception of temporality become relevant, in an attempt to make time visible, either through the very process of creation of the work or through the choice of materials which emphasizes the transition and the constant change of the work. It’s in the artist’s interest how the transformation of places and the continuous disappearing of things affect new perceptions and the arising of different possibilities. In Arrabal’s work, there is a shift between invisibility and visibility, between transitions and tangible erasures (either conscious or not), all in an approximation with elements of nature, putting together industrial and organic materials, proposing new mutations.


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