Lourival Cuquinha

(this page was last updated in May 2021)

Olinda, Brazil, 1975.
Lives and works in Recife and São Paulo, Brazil.

Represented by galleries Baró, Amparo 60, Rainhart and central.

PIPA 2010, 2011 and 2014 nominee.

Lourival Cuquinha is a visual artist and works with many medias.
In his work, thoughts are constantly reflected on the man’s freedom and the control that society and culture have on him; and also freedom on art, and the control that the institutions have on it. By working both in the city and in the institution,  questioning the status of what is “artwork” and  checking the boundaries of the institutions when absorbing transgressive artist experiences, his works lead us to think of of ways that artists today are positioning themselves outside the art system.

However, at the same time, his works criticize the institutions, they make use of them,  negotiate their place permanently; a continuous drift between criticism and adhesion. Going through an arc that has  political inflections and poetic strength, Lourival’s work emerges as a site of challenge and leads us to think about the place that art can fill in these negotiations for the exercise of freedom, thus experiencing its scope of intervention in the art own system and in the reality that surrounds it.

He has a work that reaches the political ground, most of the time generated from his personal and strict impressions.

Video produced by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2011.

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