virginia de medeiros
manilas bar – casa da marinalva - from the series em torno dos meus marítimos, 2014
photographs and video
4 photographs of 50 x 70 cm each and video 8”55’

Virginia de Medeiros uses documentary strategies as a way of transgressing hegemonic accounts and questioning the border between reality and fiction. The artist adapts images of documentaries and reports of experiences, reviewing representations of reality and otherness through subjectivity. Her video works and audiovisual installations always seek to blend the language of art and the media, as well as expand the aesthetic and technological possibilities of engendering new forms of expression. 

 

Sérgio e Simone (2007-2014), selected for the 31st São Paulo Biennial (2014) and recipient of the ICCo residency award at the 18th Festival de Arte Contemporânea Videobrasil, documents the life of Simone, a transvestite who lived at the Ladeira da Montanha, in Salvador, capital of Bahia. Like most the residents of the borough, Simone was an avid drug user. However, after the first week of filming, she suffers a crack overdose accompanied by a mystical delirium causing her to “find God” and circumvent death. From this episode onwards Simone abandons her identity as a transvestite, retakes her baptism name of Sérgio and becomes an avid evangelical preacher in a delirious quest to save humanity. 

 

Born in Feira de Santana/BA, Brazil, in 1973, Medeiros lives and works São Paulo/SP, Brazil. She has featured in biennials such as Jogja Biennale XIV, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2017), and the 27th and 31st editions of the Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2006 and 2014), as well the 32nd Panorama da Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2011). Her recent and most important exhibitions include: Alma de Bronze, solo show at Ocupação 9 de Julho, São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2018); Studio Butterfly e outras fábulas, solo show at Galeria Fayga Ostrower, Complexo Cultural Funarte Brasília, Brasília/DF, Brazil (2018); ARTE DEMOCRACIA UTOPIA – Quem não luta tá morto, group show at Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil (2018); Forms of Resistance, group show at The Golden Thread Gallery, London, UK (2017); Histórias da sexualidade, group show at Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2017); Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno, group show at Galpão VB, São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2017); and Orixás, group show at Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil (2016). Main awards include: Voto Popular and Jury award in the PIPA Prize, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil (2015); 5th Marcantonio Vilaça Award for Fine Arts, Brazil; Rede Nacional Funarte Artes Visuais 2009, Fundação Nacional de Artes (Funarte), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil (2009); among others. Her artworks are in important institutional collections such as: Associação Cultural Videobrasil, São Paulo/SP, Brazil; Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho/MG, Brazil; IP Capital Partners Institute, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil; Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil; among others.

Exhibitions

Press

  • festival em sp expõe vozes feministas em debates, shows e apresentação de filmes Download

    festival em sp expõe vozes feministas em debates, shows e apresentação de filmes

    Folha de S. Paulo 11.8.2018
  • virginia de medeiros: alma de bronze Download

    virginia de medeiros: alma de bronze

    Paula Alzugaray, Select 21.5.2018
  • nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno - galpão vb Download

    nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno - galpão vb

    DasArtes 21.3.2018