(this page was last updated in July 2016)
São Paulo, Brazil, 1953.
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
PIPA 2010 nominee.
PIPA 2012 Nominating Committee member.
Lenora de Barros graduated in Linguistics from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and started her artistic career in the 1970s, a time of intense experimentalism in brazilian art, marked by a strong constructive and avant-gardist bent since the 50s. The first works created by Lenora de Barros can be placed in the field of ‘visual poetry’ springing from the concrete poetry movement of the decade of 1950. Words and images were her initial materials.
In 1983 Lenora Barros published the book ‘Onde Se Vê [Where One See]’, a set of rather uncommon “poems”. Some of them dispensed the use of words, constructed as photographic sequences where the artist herself acted out different characters in performance acts. This book announced Lenora de Barros’s transition into the field of visual arts, what eventually came to happen. Since then, the artist has been following her own personal path, marked by the use of diversified languages: video, performance, photography, sound installation and construction of objects.
Video produced by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2010.
Graduated in Linguistics from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil.
Recent Exhibitions and Activities
-“Resistance Performed—Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America”, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland.
-“L’Eloge de l’heure”, Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC), Lausanne, Switzerland.
-“Poder provisório” | Photography in the MAM archive, curated by Eder Chiodetto, Museum of Modern Art (MAM SP), São Paulo, Brazil.
-140 Caracteres, Museum of Modern Art (MAM SP), São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Alimentário”, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Museum of Modern Art (MAM RJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-“Encruzilhada”, curated by Bernardo Mosqueira, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-“Umas e Outra”, curated by Glória Ferreira, PIVÔ, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“ULTRAPASSADO I e II”, Broadway 1602, New York, USA.
-“Pregação”, curated by Daniel Rangel, ICCO + Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
-“wehave nothingtosay”, Mandragoras Art Space, in partnership with Laura Lona, New York, USA.
-‘RELIVRO’, based on the exhibition REVÍDEO in the cultural center of Oi Futuro in 2010, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she gathers much of her work from 1975 to 2010. The book is bilingual, English and Portuguese, and includes texts by Augusto de Campos, Tadeu Chiarelli and Alberto Saraiva.
-‘COISA EM SI (THING IN ITSELF)’, an interview given to Eduardo Xavier de Souza and published in book form by the Publisher Zouk, Porto Alegre, 2011 (bilingual, English and Portuguese).
- Read the NY Times article about the group show "Dissident Practices", with 11 Brazilian women artists
- "Oh, I Love Brazilian Women!": group show critiques this image of eroticized beauty and its dangerous outcomes
- Virtually visit the group show "Postmodernism Brazilianness", which is in its last days
- Discover the digital art event "not cancelled Brazil"
- ARCOMadrid presents its 38th edition
- Brazilian artists inquiry the social role of the body
- Latin American, North-American and European art meet in "A Tale of Two Worlds"
- The 20th century in review in group show
- "Pacific Standard Times: LA/LA" features over 60 exhibitions across Southern California
- Group show presents a panorama of Brazilian contemporary art production