(this page was last updated in July 2019)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1983.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Represented by Galeria Simone Cadinelli Arte Contemporânea
PIPA 2012 nominee.
Video produced by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2012.
Gabriela is inserted in a tradition of exploring the limits and possibility of engraving, with names like Fayga Ostrower, Anna Letycia, Anna Maria Maiolino, Anna Bella Geiger and Leya Mira Brander, to name a few. Graduated in Printmaking from the School of Fine Arts of UFRJ in 2007, the artist has been structuring her poetics from the interest in the technical image constructed from videos, photographs and, more initially, the engraving, and by the idea to fix an image in time
Amongst her main exhibitions are: Verbo 2018 – Gallery Vermelho – Sp, Launch of the book “Gift 2016” International Art Festival – Sp Arte 2017, Anima Auction at Gallery Luisa Strina 2016 -Sp. In 2015 she took part at the group show “Se Liga” at CCBB RJ and the “Technô” project Oi Futuro Flamengo RJ; was a finalist in the 3m Love Songs Festival at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in 2014, SP; participated in the Electronic Language International Festival (FILE) 2013; in 2012 was nominated for Pipa Award; took part at the 64th Salon Paranaense and the exhibition “Young Masters Prize Rupert Cavendish”, London, England; in 2011, she received the Honorable Mention in the video art festival “Lumen EX”, Badajoz, Spain; and received the Acquisition Prize on the 39th Exhibition of Contemporary Art of Saint Andrea, SP.
Text by Raphael Fonseca-
Reproduction, citation and appropriation – many could be the words to the poetic universe of Gabriela Noujaim. Another term, researched by the art historian Hal Foster, seems more adequate: recording. The act of the “technical reproducibility” appears in many of her artworks not only as a way to remind the traditions of art history and culture, but as a potency to create a new narrative from iconic images.
An anonymous camera captures the movement of the nature on the air. Which is the first goal of this record? Remembrances of a trip? A study of zoology? A private album of memories transformed into a public channel of videos in the World Wide Web? In “Sky and sea”, an aquarium becomes a landscape panorama. If photography was once called camera obscura, the basis of this video installation is a “transparent chamber”. The violent flight of birds echoes the mathematical perspicacity of Escher. The economic amount of water inside the container has the shape of a lake that reflects and distorts the action. This seems to be a crucial verb in the production of the artist: “to distort”, to use images and to provide future interpretations that are beyond literalness.
In “The serpent’s egg”, the cinema has its movement excluded and frames are projected through the exhibition space. The potency of the horizontality is perpetuated but these faces framed by Bergman receive a more phantasmatic layer than the original. The egg can be from the serpent but it’s a Moebius strip that comes in front of its enlargement. Besides being a geometrical figure, this image reminds about the coming of Max Bill to Brazil and his importance to the development of concrete art (and neoconcrete in the future). Less palpable than art history, the ancient mythology and the symbol of ouroboros: the eternal return, beginning and end connected.
Thinking with the artworks by Gabriela Noujaim, the image of the serpent that bites its own tail and the need to look back to produce the art of today. Past, present and future are problematized in an artistic research that has engraving, photography and video, in other words, the technical image, as a time machine.
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- On view | "Bye Bye Brasil, topologia do afeto", solo show by Gabriela Noujaim
- Solo show by Gabriela Noujaim "Bye Bye Brasil, topologia do afeto" opens this week
- Opening | 11th edition of project "Abre Alas" exhibition
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