(this page was last updated in August 2021)
São Joaquim da Barra, Brazil, 1986.
Lives and works in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.
PIPA 2021 nominee.
Born in São Joaquim da Barra, SP, in 1986, Natalia Marques is the daughter of Egbe Awo Asè Iya Mesan Orun, a visual artist, costume designer, art educator and independent curator. Her researches are centered on the relationship between the black population of the interior of São Paulo and the sugarcane industry—an important economic activity in the region since the end of the 19th century—, the tools used and the clothing linked to this economic production, especially in the intersection of these elements with the experience of black women. Her artistic practice unfolds in crossings between performative languages and the field of visuality (such as print and engraving). As an intrinsic part of her thinking and artistic work, she develops educational activities for exhibitions. Natália is a founding member and curator of the literary art collective Encontrão Poético – SP, she is a Slammaster in the spoken poetry championship Slam da Cana – RP, and also a member of the Orunmila Cultural Center in Ribeirão Preto.
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2021:
“ Video Poetry – Dressing Ancestral”, 2019. Duration 0’45”
“ Performance the Black Presence”, 2019. Duration 2’00”
“ Molasses: How does the true Sugar Queen dress?”, 2019. Duration 16’10”
“ Audiovisual Exhibition: Self Portrait Target Portrait – Processes and Notes”, 2020. Duration 36’59”
- My Clothing – My Armor, “From 13th to 20th – (Re)Existence of the Black People” at Sesc São Caetano
- Coping Armors: Sewing and Forms of Resistance, “From 13th to 20th – (Re)Existence of the Black People” at Sesc São Caetano,2019
- “Technologies and networked arts: Black Technologies” Sesc São Caetano, 2019
- “Áfricas-Brasis” Sesc Ribeirão Preto, 2019
-Guest artist for the 44th Edition of the SARP (Art Salon of Ribeirão Preto Nacional – Contemporary), held at the W Contemporary Art Center, (curated by Josué Mattos and Yolanda Cipriano).
-Curator of the Audiovisual Exhibition Self-Portrait/Target Portrait – Processes and notes with support from the São Paulo State Government (PROAC) and Coletivo Abayomi.
-Curator of the Auto Portrait/Alvo Portrait Exhibition, with support from the department of culture of Ribeirão Preto and SESC Ribeirão Preto.
Art Education Projects
-Workshops “Armadura de enfrentamento, costura e formas de resistência” e “Balangandãs, Adorno de enfrentamento”. Part of the project Tecnologias Negras Sesc São Caetano – SP, 2019.
-Workshop Auto Retrato, Festival Ojo Aiku 324 da imortalidade de Zumbi dos Palmares, Centro cultural Orunmila – RP,
-Project Speaker Juventude em foco corpo Alvo, corpo coletivo Sesc RP; 2019;
-Educational Action Projects, Exposição PretAtitide ( curadoria Claudinei Roberto da Silva), SESC -Ribeirão Preto (2018); SESC São Carlos (2018); Sesc Vila Mariana (2019), Sesc Santos (2019);
-Performance A presença negra, e oficina “Se me Vejo”, África- Brasis Sesc Ribeirão Preto, 2018.
-Exhibition Educational Project Supervisor 28°MAJ – Bienal de Mostra de Arte da Juventude/MARP; Sesc Ribeirão Preto, 2018
-Educational Project Supervisor of Gravado Sesc Ribeirão Preto, 2018;
-Educator at the exhibition PretAtituude. SESC Ribeirão Preto, 2018
-Educator in 27º Mostra de Arte da Juventude. SESC Ribeirão Preto, 2017;
-Workshop Ateliê open: Performance com costura. SESC Ribeirão Preto. 2017;
-Workshop Indumentária Diaspórica: Intervenção artística em roupas, investigação do corpo. SESC Ribeirão Preto. 2017;
-Workshop Creation of Adornments. SESC Ribeirão Preto. 2017;
-Workshop Filhos do Canavial: Lambe-lambe, FESTA (Festival do Aprender). SESC Ribeirão Preto. 2017;
-Workshop Intervenção Urbana através da TAG: Grafia da pichação. SESC Ribeirão Preto, FESTA (Festival do Aprender). 2017;
-Art Educator of União de Núcleos e Associações de Heliópolis e Região (UNAS). Developing proposals for occupation and intervention in the space in Favela do Boqueirão, neighborhood of Ipiranga, through the provision of tools for artistic practices. 2013-2014;
-Professor of fashion creation and embroidery for accessories at Instituto ALANA. 2011-2012;
-Teacher of fashion creation, embroidery, basic sewing and haute couture at Projeto Ofício Moda do -Movimento Comunitário Estrela Nova. 2011-2012;
-Curator and founder of the Collective Artistic Literary ENCONTRÃO POÉTICO, Francisco Morato-SP,
-Collective performance A PRESENÇA NEGRA, proposes the occupation, by black artists, of art spaces in the city of São Paulo. São Paulo-SP .
-SODI Perfomance, collective that seeks to establish dialogues between Performance and Pedagogy, Ipiranga-SP.
- Brief quote from: LOPES, FABIANA.. “Rosana Paulino: the time of doing and the practice of sharing.” In: PAULINO, Rosana. the sewing of memory. Pinacoteca Catalog. São Paulo:Pinacoteca de São Paulo, 2018. p. 163-181.
- Brief quote in: LOPES, Fabiana. “Silenced territory, mined territory: counter-narratives in the production of contemporary Afro-Brazilian artists”. Territories: Afro-descendant artists in the Pinacoteca collection. (exhibition catalogue). São Paulo: Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2016
“ Interview and excerpt from the performance The Black Presence – Omenelik Magazine 2ato”, 2015. Duration 6’48”