Lyz Parayzo

(this page was last updated in July 2020)

Campo Grande, Brazil, 1994.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PIPA 2017 and 2020 nominee.

“Constructivism, supported by the ideas of a modern Brazilian utopia, as well as concretism, went bankrupt in its project of aesthetic-social construction, falling into an empty formalism that does not reflect Brazil in its social, economic and racial diversity. My poetics is built on strategies of a re-politicization of the constructivist tradition. I seek to subvert the concretist aesthetic vocabulary, using it no longer to speak of the construction of modern Brazil, but of the violence suffered by the bodies of that same country. Unlike ‘constructivist’ bodies, they are not white, Euro-centric, middle-class and cis-heteronormal”.

Lyz Parayzo is a sculptress and performer. She studied theatre at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) and also visual arts at EAV Parque Lage (Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage) and at Beaux-Arts in Paris. She has the body as her main work support and her daily performativity as a research platform. In her current research, Lyz, has developed objects for self-defense that move from silver jewelry to armor, shields, bixinhas and aluminum weapons. Her works are part of public collections such as MAC-Niterói, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) and Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP).

Website: cargocollective.com/lyzparayzo
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