Rafa Bqueer

(this page was last updated in May 2024)

Belém, Brazil, 1992
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PIPA Prize 2024 nominee

Rafa Bqueer graduated in Visual Arts from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and studied at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts. She is a multi-artist, with experience as a highlight of samba schools in the city of Rio de Janeiro. She is one of the pioneering artists of the Belém do Pará Drag-Themônia scene. Through performance, photography, film and textile art, she produces images, solo and collective actions addressing concepts of gender, raciality, LGBTQIA+ activism and re-readings of the history of art in the Amazon. Her works speak critically and debauchedly of the existence of her black and trans body in Brazil’s institutions and popular festivals.

She has participated in national and international exhibitions and awards at institutions such as Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), Inhotim, Museu de Arte do Rio, Prêmio EDP nas Artes – Instituto Tomie Ohtake (2018), Prêmio Foco Art Rio (2019), the 30th edition of the Exhibition Program at Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP) and the 1st edition of the Biennial of the Amazons (2023). In recent years, she has taken part in the following artistic residencies: YBYTU – São Paulo, Brazil (2022), Casa Comum – Manaus, Brazil (2021), Vila Sul Artistic Residency – Goethe Institute, Salvador, Brazil (2020), Foco Art Rio Award Artistic Residency (2020), Residency Grant – EAV Parque Lage + AnnexB – New York, USA (2019). Her works are part of the collections of Museu de Arte do Rio, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, National Museum of Fine Arts, Moreira Salles Institute, Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo and Pará State Museum.

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