(this page was last updated in April 2019)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1991.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
PIPA Prize 2019 nominee.
Yhuri Cruz, 27, visual artist and writer, graduated in Political Science, Rio de Janeiro. Through sculpture, writing, poetically-glued objects and performative propositions I’ve been investigating ways and strategies to give light and shape to what I call “underground memories”. What moves me and my practice are the marks and traces which house themselves underneath (underground too) our bodies (spiritual and physical, individual and social, political and psychological). As well as our lands, institutions, language. These memories come to me as kinds of haunting (frightening) experiences or realizations, especially when things are not in their assigned places. Systems of power, oppresive relations, repressed or unresolved social violence, as well as positive things such as afterlife family love bonds or religious family traditions and rituals. My sculptures have come across as an amalgamation of stones and writing (specifically marble and granite), engraving letters, sentences or symbols. While the most ‘installative’ and research-based works tend to relate to monuments and memorials.
– Formação e deformação programm, 1 year with Ana Kiffer, Anna Bella Geiger, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Ricardo Basbaum, Raphael Fonseca, Elaine Dual among others, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage
– Cenas para outras linguagens, with Camilla Rocha, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage
– Poetic Immersions, 6 months with Marcelo Campos, Cadu, Efrain Almeida and Marisa Flórido, Escola sem Sítio
– Art and Critics, 6 months with Anna Bella Geiger and Fernando Cochiaralle, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage
– Post graduation in Cultural Journalism, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, UERJ
– Graduated in Political Sciences, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, UNIRIO
– “A vida não é só a praticidade das coisas”, curated by Juliana Cintra and Omar Salomão, Galeria Silvia Cintra + Box 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– “Abre-Alas 15”, curated by Opavivará!, avaf and Renato Silva, A Gentil Carioca, Rio de janeiro, Brazil
– “Serendipity”, curated by Luiz Otavio Zampar, C. Galeria, Brazil
– 10th International Art Biennial of Bolívia SIART – “Los Orígenes de la Noche”, Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia
– “Formação e Deformação”, curated by Keyna Eleison and Ulisses Carrilho, EAV Parque Lage, Brazil
– “Manifesto Afrofuturista”, curated by Rafael BQueer, Caixa Preta, Brazil
– “Encruzilhadas”, curated by Jean Carlos Azuos, Galpão Bela Maré, Brazil
– “Greve Geral”, curated by Rafael Amorim, Centro Cultural Phábrika de Arthes, Brazil
– “Bela verão”, curated by Jean Carlos Azuos and Alexandre Silva, Galpão Bela Maré, Brazil
– “Flutuantes”, curated by Grupo Escola sem sítio, Paço Imperial, Brazil
– “Metanóia”, curated by Guilherme Zawa, Galeria Airez, Curitiba, Brazil
– “Novas Poéticas”, curated by Phillipe F, Galeria Cañizares, Salvador, Brazil
– “Corpus Urbis”, Universidade Federal de Amapá, UNIFAP, Macapá, Brazil