Berna Reale

(this page was last updated in May 2023)

Belém, Brazil.
Lives and works in Belém, Brazil.

Represented by Gallery Nara Roesler.

PIPA 2013 and 2019 Finalist.
PIPA Online 2012 Winner.
PIPA 2014 and 2019 nominee.
Member of the PIPA Prize Nominating Committee 2020 and 2023

Works in the PIPA Institute Collection

In her performances and installations, Berna Reale engages either her own body or those of willing participants to reflect on the contemporary sociopolitical moment. Reale studied Art at the Federal University of Pará and participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Brazil and Europe, as Cerveira Biennial (Portugal, 2005), Liege International Biennale of Photography (Belgium, 2006), and in the exhibition “Amazônia – Ciclos da Modernidade” (“Amazon – Modernity Cycles”) at the Cultural Centre Banco do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012). Received the Grand Prize of the Salon Art Pará in Belém (Brazil, 2009), and was selected for the Rumos Visuais – Itaú Cultural (2012-2013) and PIPA (2012-2013) winning PIPA Online 2012 and shortlisted for PIPA 2013, and participated in the exhibition “From the Margin to the Edge”, Somerset House, London (UK, 2012). Violence has been in recent years, her major focus of attention. Reale became a criminal expert of the Scientific Skills Centre of the state of Pará (Brazil) and lives, in the Amazon region, close to the most diverse issues of crime and social conflict. Her performances are thought in order to create a provocative reflection noise.

Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA Prize 2019:

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