Yhuri Cruz

(this page was last updated in July 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.

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