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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1983.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
PIPA 2012 nominee.
At the age of 12 she was already attending Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage. For having been raised in a difficult family environment by her father and grandmother, and having her mother absent due to mental disorders, the artist found through art and interaction within the School of Visual Arts a goal and focus of life. Her artistic production questions the ancestral and socio-environmental heritage of the people of the forest, the defense against the violation of the female body, intending the social and political structures of our society.
Gabriela is part of a tradition of exploring the limits and possibilities of printmaking, with names such as 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 at UFRJ in 2007, the artist has been structuring her poetics from the interest in the technical image constructed from videos, photographs and, more initially, printmaking, and from the idea of fixing an image in time.
Video produced by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2012.
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.
- Gabriela Noujaim and more twelve South American artists celebrate the Bicentennial of the Independence of Brazil
- Second edition of "Não há cura" invites Gabriela Noujaim to the group show
- Keep up with Gabriela Noujaim's and Henrique César's recent production
- Gabriela Noujaim presents the book "Latinamerica" in Portugal
- Gabriela Noujaim participates in the International Women Biennial of Art of Macau SAR
- Gabriela Noujaim gives continuity to the series "Bye Bye Brasil" in new solo show
- Last days | "Bye Bye Brasil, topologia do afeto", solo show by Gabriela Noujaim
- 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