Rafael RG

(this page was last updated in July 2018)

Guarulhos, Brazil, 1986.
Lives and works between Belo Horizonte and Salvador, Brazil.

Represented by Sé Galeria and Periscópio Arte Contemporânea.

PIPA Prize 2012, 2015 and 2018 nominee.

Rafael RG is a visual artist and writer. His practice focuses on sexual and affective relationships and their political implications, and also racial identity issues. His researchers are usually transformed into workshops, installations, performative texts, publications, and objects. RG tends to bring together two sources to construct his works: one documental and the other affectivity. In general, his materials are documents collected in institutional or personal archives associated with narratives that might involve his own person or an alter ego. The interaction between these territorialities results in works that are almost always close to fiction, or deliver a tense notion of fictionality.
Graduated in Visual Arts from the School of Fine Arts of São Paulo. Among other awards, he received the 1st Foco ArtRio Prize, the Merit Award for Art and Heritage – IPHAN, Acquisition Award of São Paulo Cultural Center. His residencies include The Iberê Camargo Scholarship for residency at Künstlerhaus Bremen (2014), Pampulha Scholarship for residency at the Pampulha Museum of Art (2015-2016), SESC Frestas Triennial of Arts (2017) and Gasworks, London, UK (2018).

Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2018

Website: www.cargocollective.com/rafaelrg

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