(this page was last updated in August 2023)
Lives and works between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Brussels, Belgium
Represented by Galeria Cavalo
PIPA Prize 2023 nominee
You asked me what I do as a job. It’s hard to put into words how I got here: feeling my body touching the bed, the cell phone in my hand, heavy. The pain in the pinky because the cell phone was not made for my hand. These are the conditions that invade my body in this sick place, while I write you. Since I started, everything has been about the body. In particular, the bodily effects that this chronic disorder has on my body. Pain, exhaustion, acceleration, pressure, instability, inertia, invasive thoughts and physical sensations that escape everyday “normality”. Since then, I have been trying ways to set in motion these bodily sensations that our world calls “symptoms.” Invent danced relationships between my body and the things around me. By things, I mean chairs or walls. But also people, plants, objects, words, matter, cameras.
On a more abstract level, this comes from a curiosity about the forces that choreograph our movements and bodies. More specifically: how the camera does it. Let me try to explain… with the spread of the cell phone, the cameras are living so close to us… we could say that they merged with our bodies. We become “bodicameras” even if the device is not in hands. Even turned off: this cell phone I use to write to you transforms me. Either it’s into an active worker and protagonist, producing without stopping. And, if it’s not this, this cell phone becomes a tool for obsolescence. It turns people into obsolete bodies: simply not being, not being fit, not being considered or seen or worthy of being alive.
My approach is based on body and movement, coming from somatic therapy, dance and improvisation. Despite my job being all practical, big questions hover: how to keep dancing in ways that are not so sickening to us, as collective bodies, and to the worlds around us? What dances can we dance to fight the forces that choreograph us?
I love you,
Fond’Roy Hospital, Brussels, 05/05/23
Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2023:
Superaquecidas (Overheating), 2022, 20’24”
Workation, 2019, 9’50”
Unrest (documentation), 2019, 6’55”
Excess Lines Linhas de Excesso, 2017, 7’13’’
a curva que fecha o circuito 1’14”
aqueles estáveis 1’23”
Pausa pelos cantos 2’20”
Caesar works with installation, performance, sculpture, and video. Her work evokes ambivalent bodily states between activity and passivity, movement and pause, work and rest; at the same time, they present a kind of “embodied critique” to the dominant infrastructures that define standards for the notions of productivity and work. In 2019, Caesar opened the exhibition Canseira (Rumos Itaú Cultural 2018), at the Hélio Oitica Art Center (RJ, BR), the result of a long research on the relationship between the role of the artist, and the aesthetics of leisure appropriated by international coorporations like Google, and Brazilian Neo-concretism.
Sofia Caesar works are present in public and private collections such as FRAC Pays de la Loire, Parco d’Arte Vivente (IT), Jacques De La Beraudiere, MAC – Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi (BR), Itaú Cultural (BR), and others.
In the past years Caesar has shown works and collaborated with institutions such as the Brugge Triennale (BE), Framer Framed (NL), BienalSur (AR), Munch Museet (Oslo), Moscow Biennial (RUS), M HKA (BE), SFMOMA (USA), A Tale of a Tub (NL), Tomie Ohtake Institute (BR), ISELP (BE), Contour Biennial (BE), Beursschouwburg (BE), CAVEAT/Jubilee (BE) amongst other organisations in Belgium and the world.
Sofia Caesar is an artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, currently living in Brussels as a Phd Candidate and teacher at LUCA School of the arts. Sofia is represented by Cavalo Gallery (Rio de Janeiro, BR).
- Who is María Zambrano, Metropolis M
- Transmediale, Berlin, Lampoon Magazine
- Talk with Femke Snelting (Constant vzw), Conditions for the work
- L’art meme 79 13
- Bienalsur 2021
- ‘Stilte kan ook een antwoord zijn’ – in gesprek met curator Raphael Fonseca over The Silence of Tire
Superaquecidas, Galeria Cavalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
WORKATION, Brugge Triennale, Bruges, Bélgica. Curated by Bert Puype
CANSEIRA. Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Curated by Raphael Fonseca
Worker leaves the factory (conditions for the work). Opening permanent installation Parco de Arte Vivente, Turin, IT
I am Welton Santos, Performance,Parco de Arte Vivente, Turin, IT
Sublime Ordinário, Espaço-Cama, São Paulo (BR)
The Silence of Tired Tongues, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (NL)
Bienal Sur, Rosario (AR)
Transmediale, Berlin (DE)
CADS, Munch Museum, Oslo (NO)
Mira, ArtRio, Rio de Janeiro (BR)
Risquons-tout!, Instersections of Care, WIELS, Brussels (BE)
Sunset Kino, Kunstverein Salzburger (AT)
Fried Patterns, Brussels Gallery Weekend, Vanderborght, Brussels (BE)
Failures of Cohabitation, M HKA, Antwerp (BE)
Embodied Language, Plagiarama Gallery, Brussels (BE)
rosa rosa rosae rosae, The Pool, Brussels (BE)
6th Moscow Biennial, Moscow (RUS)
Times to reflect on, Josza Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Zero Hour, Batârd Festival, Caveat, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
Rites of Exchange, L’Iselp, Brussels (BE)
Delirium & Destiny, A Tale of a tub, Rotterdam (NL)
SYNC!, Iselp, Brussels (BE)
Physical Factors of a Historic Process, HomeSession, Barcelona (ES)
TXT, Casamata, Rio de Janeiro (BR)
Quero te encontrar, La Maudite, Paris (FR)
Visual Activism Symposium, SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA. Curated by Dominic Willsdon.
Participation in Turning a blind eye, 31st São Paulo Biennial, BR. Part of Bik van der Pol program.
Terceira mostra, Parque Lage, RJ, BR (curated by Marcelo Campos, Fernando Cocchiarale and Ana Bella Geiger)
Transperformance II, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro (BR). Curated by Marisa Flórido.
ROAD/Material Bruto, Dança no Andar de Cima, Fortaleza
Exposição-ocupação-apresentação: ROAD, CCBNB, Fortaleza, BR
Novíssimos, Galeria Ibeu, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BR
EDP das Artes, Prize, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, BR (Curated by Agnaldo Farias, Paulo Myiada, and others)
63° Salão de Abril, Fortaleza, CE, BR (Group show)
Abre Alas 8, Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, BR. Curated by Daniela Labra, Marcelo Campos and Alexandre Vogler
Festival de Vídeo EAV & Rio Show, Parque Lage, RJ, BR
Corpo Incógnito: água viva, Galeria Amarelonegro, RJ, BR
Casa Relâmpago, RJ, BR
Hangar, Barcelona, Spain
HISK, Gent, BE
Workspacebrussels, Brussels, Belgium
Resó Network 6, Parco d’Arte Vivente, Turin, Italy
Summer Studios, Rosas, Brussels, Belgium
ROAD, Capacete / Funarte, Brazil
Rumos Itaú Cultural 2017-18, BR
Nominated VG-Award 2020 , NL/BE
7e SYBREN HELLINGA
KUNSTPRIJS Long listed, NL
ROAD / Funarte
EDP, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, SP/BR (Longlist)
honorable mention. Novíssimos, Galeria Ibeu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Works in Collections
Workation, FRAC Pays de la Loire, France
Tired mobiles series: several aquisitions including by Jaques de la Beraudiere
Noise and Knowledge, Kuntenbibliotheek, Bélgica
Mobiles Cansados, MAC, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, BR
Workers leave the factory, permanent installation, Parco d’Arte Vivente, Turin, IT
Workation, L’art Même n77, magazine, Brussels, BE. Feature by Florence Cheval.
Making it Heard, Bloomsbury, ed. Rui Chaves, Fernando Iazzetta. in. Out of the Mainstream: Noise and Otherness in the Work of Marie Carangi, Paula Garcia, and Sofia Caesar (Lílian Campesato, University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Abracadabra, 6th Moscow Biennial Catalogue, Moscow (RUS)
Terceira Mostra Catalogue. EAV, Rio de Janeiro, BR
Prêmio EDP das Artes Catalogue[/ed Agnaldo Farias].
Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, BR
O inventário dos gestos de Sofia Caesar. Blog Comunicação e Artes, November. Interview by Viviane Matesco, Rio de Janeiro/BR
Sofia Caesar, DasArtes Magazine, Number 22, June. Article by Aline Leal. Rio de Janeiro/BR
Vídeo, diversão e arte para todos, O Globo Newspaper, Caderno Rio Show, 1st July, RJ/BR