(this page was last updated in May 2022)
Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1993.
Lives and works in Salvador, Brazil.
PIPA Prize 2022 nominee.
laryssa machada is a visual artist, photographer and filmmaker. Born in Porto Alegre – RS, Brazil (1993), currently living in Salvador – BA, she builds images as rituals of decolonization and new narratives of present/future. She studied journalism, social science and arts – and learned a little more from the beautiful cadence of the samba. Her works discuss the construction of an image about LGBT’s, native people, Afro-Brazilian culture – walking through “Brazilian deinvasion” as a practice of visual education.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2022:
“ára_”, 2021. Duration: 7’54”
“INVAZÃO BRAZIL”, 2021. Duration: 10’43”
“ouro por espelho_”, 2020. Duration: 7’34”
In 2014, she produced documentaries with indigenous people, quilombolas, fishermen and rural workers in Rio Grande do Sul as communication officer at EMATER-RS. From this experience, mini-documentaries and a photographic exhibition were created, which were at the Legislative Assembly in Porto Alegre in 2014, at Esquina Democrática in 2015 and at the CEEE Cultural Center in 2015. In May, she occupied the Art Hall of Galeria dos Arcos at Usina do Gasômetro with her work “Elas mergulham na carne vermelha do solo” (They dive into the red flesh of the soil). In 2016, she produced the documentary “Somos rio” (We are river), in the state of Pará, which portrays the indigenous Munduruku people’s struggle against hydroelectric dams. In 2017, she was the director and cinematographer of the feature film “Jaçanã Pahab Joopek”, a biographical record of the pajé and midwife from Aldeia Velha, in the south of Bahia state (which participated in festivals such as Panorama Coisa de Cinema and Cine Esquema Novo).
In 2018, she worked for four months on the Projeto Memória Viva (Living Memory Project), by the NGO Thydewá, in which she traveled to eight indigenous villages in the northeast of Brazil (in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco, Sergipe and Alagoas) with audiovisual workshops, through which native young people produced (more than 60) short videos documenting the elders from their respective communities. In the second semester, she carried out an in-depth study of cinematographic language (capturing and editing) in the same villages (resulting in 24 short videos co-produced with the participating indigenous people), also by the NGO Thydewá. Her photographs were part of the Indigenous Electronic Art Exhibition at the Leeds International Festival at the University of Leeds (England). At the end of that year she directed and shot the short film “INVAZÃO BRAZIL” (“BRAZIL INVAZION”). In 2019, she participated in the group exhibitions Antes Ditas, at Casa Baka and at Virada Sustentável in Porto Alegre. In July 2019 she was selected for the PANDEO artist residency in Mexico City, where she developed artistic productions based on ritual photography. In the second semester, she was in an artist residency in Belo Horizonte at the JA.CA Center – Centro de Arte e Tecnologia.
In 2020, she developed the photographic project “ORIGEM” (Origin) about LGBT+ indigenous people with Antônio Vittal Pankararu, with the support of the University of Leeds, Faculty of Arts, through professor and researcher Thea Pitman. In May 2020, her work was selected by Itaú’s Arte Como Respiro grant. She received the Vozes Agudas (Acute Voices) award for women artists in October. In 2021, she participated in the Pivô Research Program and was part of the Itaú Cultural Audiovisual Exhibition Todos os Gêneros (All Genders). She was present at the virtual exhibition “F(r)icções: cartografias em tempos de crise” (F(r)icctions: cartographies in times of crisis), at Intervalo Fórum de Arte in Salvador. Her film “Invazão Brazil” was featured in the Mostra América Negra (Black America – discourses about Latin American blackness). She was part of the exhibition A Máquina Lírica, curated by Pollyana Quintela, at Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo. Her works were selected for the 2nd Camelo Festival of Contemporary Art in Belo Horizonte, for the Latin American Circuit of Contemporary Art at CCMQ – Porto Alegre (which was awarded the acquisition prize) and for the 46th SARP Salão de Arte de Ribeirão Preto. She presented the short film “Ouro por Espelho” (Gold for Mirror) at the ÚNA Festival in Glasgow – Scotland. Nominated for PIPA Prize 2022.