(this page was last updated in May 2021)
Olinda, Brazil, 1975.
Lives and works in Recife and São Paulo, Brazil.
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.
“Varal e Voz”. Duration: 10″
Mestre em cinema pela University of Wales, Newport, Reino Unido.
Autodidata em artes visuais
Bacharelados em história, direito, filosofia e engenharia química [inacabados]
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – 1993 a 2002.
-“Territórios e Capital: Extinções”, Museum of Modern Art (MAM RJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-“Territórios e Capital: Extinções”, Baró Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Capital: destruction-construction PROGR”, Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, Bern, Switzerland.
-“Topografia Suada de Londres: Jack Pound Financial Art Project”, Centro Cultural Correios, Recife, Brazil.
-“Costumes – minha mãe sustenta minha filha”, Instituto Cultural Banco Real, Galeria Marcantônio Vilaça, Recife, Brazil.
-Solo exhibition resulted from the 2 month residency at Ècole Supérieure d’Art de Aix-en-Provence, France.
-“Multitude”, Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Art From Pernambuco”, Rainhart Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.
-“Pivô é a Rua”, Pivô, Edifício Copan, São Paulo, Brazil.
-Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil.
-“Here we are anda from here w ego”, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, City of Mexico, Mexico.
-FotoBienalMasp, MASP, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Ramal_mixtape”, Baró Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil.
-Metrô de Superfície, Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Temporary Contemporary Program”, Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
-“Transa-Atlântica”, Fábrica ASA, Guimarães 2012 – Capital Européia da Cultura, Guimarães, Portugal.
-“Mit Krimineller Energie”, HALLE 14, ACC Galerie Leipzig and Weimar, Germany.
-“Caos e Efeito/Contra-pensamento Selvagem”, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Panorama da Arte Brasileira”, Museum of Modern Art (MAM SP), São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Jogos de Guerra”, Centro Caixa Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Festival Performance Arte Brasil”, Museum of Modern Art (MAM RJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-“Voces Diferenciales”, with the piece ‘Warning Flag’, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Havana, Cuba.
-“748.600”, with the piece ‘R$102,00;, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil.
-Frieze Art Fair 2010, intervention in the fair with the auction of the piece ‘Jack Pound Financial Art Project’ on the stand of galeria A Gentil Carioca, London, UK.
-Night of Festivals, Nottingham, UK.
-Vivo Arte.MOV 2010, with the piece ‘OUVIDORIA’, Belém do Pará, Brazil.
-20º Festival de Inverno de Garanhuns, with the piece ‘Image OFF’, Pernambuco, Brazil.
-Urban Intervention in the SEU – Semana de Experimentação Urbana, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
-“Exposição do projeto Macunaíma Colorau”, 47º Salão de Artes Plásticas de Pernambuco, Olinda, Brazil.
-“Brazilian Summer”, Art & the City, Het Domein Museum, Holland.
-“O Lugar Dissonante”, 47º Salão de Artes Plásticas de Pernambuco na Torre Malakoff, Recife, Brazil.
-“Novo Rosto”, brief anthology of the self-portrait in the Casa da Cultura da América Latina, Brasília, Brazil.
-Brazilian Video Art and Short film nin the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, Colchester, UK.
-“Corpocidade”, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
-“Exposições Conexão Contemporânea/Funarte/Petrobras (Brasil):” 4territórios, Rio de Janeiro and Pernambuco, February 2008; Dencidades, Rio Grande do Norte, March 2008; and Galerias Subterrâneas, Paraná, May 2008.
-Project “Arte e Crime: Insubordinações”, Conexão Contemporânea / Funarte /Petrobras, Recife, Brazil.
-“Die Kunst erlöst uns von gar nichts, Künstlerpositionen aus Südamerika (A arte não nos libera de absolutamente nada)”, with the piece ‘Artraffic: Le collier du Mozambique e intervenção urbana Varal’, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany.
-“Rumos Artes Visuais / Mapeamento da arte contemporânea brasileira”, with the piece ‘Varal’ in the Ibirapuera Park, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil.
-“Territoires Transitoire”, with the video-istallation ‘Désolé e a performance Artraffic’, Palais de Port Doré, Paris, France
-46º Salão de Artes Plásticas de Pernambuco, with the piece ‘Mapa do Ácaro’, Recife, Brazil.
-“Latinidades”, with the piece ‘E.T. viaja’, Recife, São Paulo, Brazil.
-SESC Consolação São Paulo, Brazil.
-45º Salão de Artes Plásticas de Pernambuco, with the piece ‘Sexo’, Recife, Brazil.
-Trajetórias, with the piece ‘2º Concurso Mundial do Mickey Feio’, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil.
-1a Mostra Rio de Arte Contemporânea, with the piece ‘1º Concurso Mundial do Mickey Feio’, Museum of Modern Art (MAM RJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-Salão Pernambucano de Artes Visuais 2000, with the piece ‘Artista Plástico Dublê de Medíocre’, Torre
Mallakof, Recife, Brazil.
-Salão dos Novos, with the installation ‘UTA/portaretrato’, Museu de Arte Contemporânea(MAC), Olinda, Brazil.
Awards and Residencies
-Centro Cultural Correios Prize for solo exhibition
-Marcantônio Vilaça Prize
-Brasil Contemporary Prize Showcase of Brazilian Artists outside Brazil, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil.
-Registros do Canal Contemporâneo Prize, for the piece ‘Parangolé’.
-Interações Estéticas Prize from Funarte Ministério da Cultura to complete a residency in the ponto de cultura Negras Raízes in the Morro da Conceição, Recife, Brazil.
-Residency Grant in London from the program Artist Links by the British Council, with the piece ‘Topografia Suada de Londres’.
-Residency at Ècole Supérieure d’Art de Aix-en-Provence, France.
Awarded in the 7º Salão do Mar, for the piece ‘Varal’, Vitória Brazil.
2003 – 2004
Grant for the plastic research project for the project ‘Mapa do Ácaro’, given by the Governo do Estado de Pernambuco, Brazil.
Awarded in the exhibition Olinda Arte em Toda Parte, for the piece ‘Varal’.
Awarded in the 1st Mostra Rio de Arte Contemporânea, for the piece ‘1º Concurso Mundial do Mickey Feio’, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Best Movie in the Festival de Cinema de Goiás, for the movie ‘Resgate Cultural – O Filme’.
Big Urban Interventions
-‘Varal’: The piece in which clothes are donated by the local inhabitant and sewn on a string, creating a huge clothing line (varal), which installed in an urban environment. Occurred in Rio de Janeiro, Vitória do Espírito Santo, São Paulo, Olinda and Recife, in Brazil, Weimar in Germany and Porto in Portugal.
-‘Mapa do ácaro’: Piece in which 11.000 microscopic photographs of the surface of a human body create a jigsaw-puzzle that reconstructs this body floating over a river, which the inhabitant are invited to observe the piece sliding in a zip-line installed between the two banks. Occurred in Recife, Brazil.
-Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-Aluísio Magalhães, Museum of Modern Art (MAM RJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
-Centro Cultural Correios
-Instituto Cultural Santander
-Alessandra Clark, Brazil.
-Pedro Veil, Brazil.
-Nilo Checo, Brazil.
-Cleusa Garfinkel, Brazil.
-Nicole Herzog, Switzerland.
-Eduardo Boueiri, Brazil.
-Carlos Dale, Brazil.
-Jones Bergamim, Brazil.
Projects and news
– Lourival has been awarded with Prêmio Interações Estéticas da Funarte!
– Lourival has auctioned, together with the gallery A Gentil Carico, in London, at Frieze Art Fair, held during the 14th to 17th of October 2010 (www.friezeartfair.com), his piece ‘Jack Pound Financial Art Project flag’, that was made with banknotes from people which invested on the project. The investors received their share after the work was sold at auction.. Read more here!
– At ArtRio 2011 ( Rio de Janeiro Art Fair), he made another auction at the booth of the A Gentil Carioca gallery, this time with the work “Financial Art”. This unique piece was a Brazilian flag stylized, made with real banknotes of Real (Brazilian currency) sewn together. It took about R$ 3,000 in notes to the making of the work, which is in part supported by investors and partly by the artist. “The concept is the work be sold at auction, because it speaks of speculation in the stock market,” said the artist. “Finding notes of R$1.00 – which is already out of circulation – was one of the difficulties in carrying out the work.” Watch the video in which Cuquinha speaks about the work and the auction.
Video produced by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2010.
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