Jaider Esbell

(this page was last updated in April 2023)

Normandia, Brazil, 1979.
São Paulo, Brazil, 2021.

PIPA Online 2016 winner.
PIPA 2021 nominee.

Works in the PIPA Institute Collection

Jaider Esbell, from the Macuxi people, was a multimedia artist and independent curator. The cosmovision of its people, mythical narratives and everyday life in the Amazon make up the poetics of his work that unfolds in drawings, paintings, videos, performances and texts. Defining his artistic propositions as “artivism”, Esbell’s research combines intersectional discussions between art, ancestry, spirituality, history, memory, politics and ecology. His elaborations on “txaísmo” – a way of weaving affective affinity relationships in the intercultural art circuits based on indigenous protagonism – are highlighted. In the field of decolonial criticism, his trajectory and practical research show what is generally experienced strictly at the level of discourse. He carries out art-education practices in indigenous, “quilombola”, “ribeirinhos” (riverside) and peripheral urban communities, acting especially in articulations with indigenous artists from the circum-Roraima region from his gallery of contemporary indigenous art in the city of Boa Vista. Since 2010, he circulated in several exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. In 2016 he won the PIPA Prize online category. In 2020 he participated in “Véxoa: we know”, a group exhibition of indigenous art at the São Paulo Pinacoteca. In 2021 he curated his own solo exhibition “Presentation: Ruku”, at Galeria Millan in São Paulo. He is a guest artist at the 34th São Paulo Biennial and curator of the “Moquém_Surarî project”, an exhibition of contemporary indigenous art at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo, a parallel event to the SP Biennial.

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