(this page was last updated in July 2021)
Manaus, Brazil, 1985.
Lives and works in Manaus, Brazil.
PIPA 2021 nominee.
Keila Serruya Sankofa, Producer, audiovisual director and visual artist, was born in 1985 in Manaus – Amazonas, where she lives and works. Understands the street as a space for dialogue with the city, producing audiovisual installations that exhibit films, photos and video art. Artist who uses photography and audiovisual as a tool to propose self-esteem and question the erasure of black people; currently, she uses her body as a protagonist in the construction of her artworks. Also recognizes the urban space as a crossroads of possibilities, which offers a non-hierarchical decolonial dialogue with the public. Extensive experience in directing the production of audiovisual projects such as series and short films, as well as the production of exhibitions, festivals and shows in diverse artistic languages. Manager of Grupo Picolé da Massa, Artistic Director of the Direito à Memória Project, member of APAN Associação dxs Profissionais do Audiovisual Negro, Nacional Trovoa and Coletivo Tupiniqueen.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes, exclusively for PIPA Prize 2021:
“ AQUI”, 2014. Duration 4’00”
“ ANCESTRALIDADE TERRA E PLANTA”, 2021. Duration 5’15”
“ ANCESTRALIDADE TERRA E PLANTA”, 2018. Duration 11’32”
“ SEM NOME _ SEM (CEM) MORTOS”, 2019. Duration 3’16”
2020 / Direito à Memória – Direction and conception – Transmedia project that claims the memory of black Amazonian people. Website www.rightamemoria.com
2018-2021 / Ancestry of earth and plants / Performance video and performance photos SESC Amazônia das Artes / Stage 2 and 3 of the Obínrin project Barroquinha Cultural Space – Salvador – BA / Inside Brazil Exhibition Cabe o Mundo – Winter Festival Rio de Janeiro 2018 / Encrespa Geral, Manaus Edition 2018 / 2nd Riot Circuit of Urban Art and Cultural Connections / Black Latinities 2021 – BRS / Perfidia – Festival of Performances and New Media 2021 / / CUIR Film and Experiment – Latin America 2021.
2020 / RAIZ E PATCHULI – Photo series in self-portraits SP Arte 2020, National stand Trovoa / Itaú Cultural Collective Exhibition Arte como Respiro / Revista Observatório do Itaú Cultural / SP Arte São Paulo International Art Festival
2020 / Vestígio de Fogo – Photo series in self-portraits and audiovisual experiment about the process Instituto Tomie Ohtake Projeto Experiências Negras – Publication Revista Experiências Negras / Funarte RespirArte Award
2019 / Sem Nome – Sem ( Cem ) Mortos – Video performance Exhibition “Atlas Momosyne” Cultural Center Palacete Provincial – AM / Black Brazil Art Biennale – Porto RS / Black Film Festival Zelia Amador de Deus – PA / EGBÉ – Black Film Exhibition in Sergipe 2020 / II Exhibition of Black Women in the Audiovisual / V Mato Grosso Black Cinema Exhibition / CUIR – Film and Experiment – Latin America
2017 / Direção da obra audiovisual De GIRA E MATO / Direction of the audiovisual work Amazônia Mapping 2017, SSA Mapping que aconteceu na Praça Municipal – Salvador (BA) 2018 / Virada Cultural de São Paulo 2019.
2016 / A CARA DO CÃO / video art SSA Mapping that took place at Praça Municipal – Salvador (BA) 2017 / EXPOCUIR – Corpos Transcendentes 2018 (AM)
2013 / ASSIM / Ficcional / 15 min. / Direção Mostra Competitiva de Cineastas e Produtoras Negras Adélia Sampaio: Quando Mulheres Fazem Cinema – São Paulo Brasil / 11a Mostra Produção Independente – Cenários / Mostra Lugar de Mulher é no Cinema Salvador – BA 2017 | Mostra Diretoras Negras no Cinema Brasileiro na Caixa Cultural Brasília | 11o For Rainbow – Festival de Cinema e Cultura da Diversidade Sexual – 2017 / 2018 Expocuir – Casa das Artes Amazonas / Plataforma Hysteria 2018 / IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam – Mostra Alma no Olho: o legado de Zózimo BulBul e o Cinema Negro Brasileiro Contemporâneo 2019.
2013 / ASSIM AQUI / Installation Video – Urban Intervention
“ #NaVaranda com Renata Felinto | Capturas do mundo pelas lentes da manauara Keila Serruya”, 2020. Duração 11’59”
“ Vestígio de fogo – Processo”, 2020. Duration 5’05”