Ayrson Heráclito

(this page was last updated in September 2017)


Macaúbas, Brazil, 1968.
Lives and works in Cachoeira, Brazil.

PIPA 2012, 2015, and 2016 nominee.

Visual artist and curator, completing a Doctorate degree in Communications and Semiotics at the Catholic University (PUC) of São Paulo. Professor of Visual Arts at the Centre of Arts and Humanities at the Federal University of the Recôncavo of Bahia (UFRB).

The artist’s works transition between installation, performance, photography, and audio visual media, dealing frequently with elements of Afro-Brazilian culture in its connections between Africa and its diaspora in America. Recently, in 2015, Heráclito was honoured at the Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennial in Mali and nominated in the award Novo Banco Photo 2015 at the Museum Coleção Berardo in Lisbon for the project “Os Sacudimentos – a reunião das margens atlânticas”. Heráclito participated in the group exhibitions: “A nova mão afro-brasileira” at the Museum Afro Brazil (São Paulo, 2013); “Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Art, Europalia. Brazil”, Brussels, Belgium (2012); Triennial of Luanda, Angola (2010); and MIP 2, International Performance Manifestation, Belo Horizonte (2009).

His works can be found in the permanent collections of Museum der Weltkulturen in Frankfurt, Museum of Art of Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia and Videobrasil. Heráclito was the chief curator of the 3rd Biennial of Bahia and received the residency award Sesc_Videobrasil [Raw Material Company – Senegal]. He was one of eight Brazilian artists invited to participate in the project “Oito Performances”(2015), curated by Marina Abramovic, Lynsey Peisinger and Paula Garcia at Sesc Pompeia. Heráclito’s works include such themes as palm oil, life in the Brazilian colonial era, jerky, sugar, fish, sperm, blood, body pain, raptures, apartheid, and dreams of freedom.

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