Silvana Mendes

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

São Luís, Brazil, 1991
Lives and works in São Luís, Brazil

Represented by  Galeria Portas Vilaseca & Lima Galeria

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

Silvana Mendes is a visual multi-artist whose practice manifests itself from research on racial issues, territories and affirmation policies. In the quest to re-signify symbologies and visual narratives, she uses collage, painting, video art and photography as support. Through her “affection collages”, she seeks to deconstruct negative visualities and stereotypes imposed on black bodies in the course of Afro-Atlantic history. The artist also resorts to muralism as support for the dissemination of what she considers a “decolonizing artistic didactic”, seeking to debate the places of power in works of art, the elitism and the social/racial profile of artistic movements.

Among the exhibitions that she has participated in recent years, highlight for “Um defeito de cor”, Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Rio de Janeiro, 2022-2023; “Carolina Maria de Jesus: A um Brasil para os Brasileiros”, Instituto Moreira Salles – IMS, São Paulo, 2021-2022; “Raio a Raio”, Solar dos Abacaxis / Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro – MAM Rio, 2022; “Vozes contra o racismo”, Secretary of Culture of São Paulo, 2020; and “III Sertão Visual Arts Biennial”, Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, 2017.


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