Luana Vitra

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1995
Lives and works in Contagem, Brazil

Represented by Mitre gallery, Brazil

PIPA 2021, 2022 and 2023 nominee
PIPA 2023 Awarded Artist
Member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2024

Luana Vitra was born and raised in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in a region known for its monumental natural landscapes and deeply marked by industrial mining activities. She has therefore always experienced the various possible manifestations of iron and soot. Born between carpentry – on her father’s side – and the handling of words – on her mother’s –, her practice is based on processes that recognize the physical qualities and subtle contours of matter, and that investigate the psycho-emotional infusion of landscapes. From compositions made with a wide range of materials, her objects and installations reconfigure universal symbols and elaborate others, especially invested in the qualities of matter, evoking poetry, discussing subjectivities and raising political questions. Her work has been shown at venues such as the 35th São Paulo Biennial, MAM-Rio (Brazil), South London Gallery (England), MASP (Brazil), Javett Up (Pretoria, South Africa) and Framer Framed (Amsterdam, Holland).


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