The work of Virginia de Medeiros centers on documentary strategies, as a means to transgress mainstream accounts and question the boundaries between reality and fiction. The artist deals with three themes within the field of art and documentary: dislocation, participation, and fabulation. Adapting documentary images and lived accounts, she employs the latter for subjective and conceptual use to revision the representation of reality and alterity. De Medeiros works primarily with video and audiovisual installations, always seeking to converge the language of art and media and expand the aesthetic and technological possibilities to engender new modes 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.
Virginia de Medeiros was born in 1973 in Feira de Santana, Bahia. She lives and works in São Paulo. In 2006 “Studio Butterfly” was selected for the Programa Rumos Itaú Cultural, and, that same year, was selected for the 27th São Paulo Biennial. In 2009, she participated of the residency program “ International Women for Peace Conference” in Dili, East Timor and, in 2007, of the residency at Centro de Artes La Chambre Blanche, in Quebec, Canada. Recipient of the award Rede Nacional Funarte Artes Visuais in 2009, with the video “Fala dos Confins” which was later acquired, in 2013, by the Centro Cultural São Paulo. In 2010, she participated of the 2a Trienal de Luanda “Geografias Emocionais, Arte e Afectos” and, in 2011, of the 32o Panorama da Arte Brasileira at MAM, in São Paulo. She was the recipient of the Rede Nacional Funarte Visuais award (2009) with “Jardim das Torturas” and the Prêmio de de Residência ICCo (Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea) residency award at Residency Unlimited in New York, USA. Recent solo shows include: Missão (Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil 2014); Cães Sem Plumas (MAMAM, Recife, Brazil; Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brasil, 2013); Projeto Novas Aquisições MAC CE- Dos percursos e das poesias (Dragão do Mar, Fortaleza, Brazil, 2013); Coletiva Instituto Cervantes (Instituto Cervantes, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012); Metrô de Superfície (Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012); and Vídeo Guerrilha (Intervenção Urbana Augusta, São Paulo, Brazil, 2011).
metrópolealberto baraya, alice miceli, cao guimarães, hélio oiticica, isaac julien, lucia koch, marco maggi, marcos chaves, melanie smith, milton machado, paul ramírez jonas, paulo bruscky, raul mourão, vik muniz e virginia de medeiros 4.2 - 9.3.2017Starting its 2017 exhibition calendar, concurrently with a solo show by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea, Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo presents Metrópole, a group...
cromofilia vs cromofobia: continuaçãoAbraham Palatnik, Angelo Venosa, Antonio Dias, Artur Lescher, Bruno Dunley, Carlito Carvalhosa, Daniel Buren, Eduardo Coimbra, Hélio Oiticica, José Patrício, Karin Lambrecht, Marcelo Silveira, Marco Maggi, Melanie Smith, Milton Machado, Rodolpho Parigi, Sergio Sister, Tomie Ohtake, Vik Muniz e Virgínia de Medeiros 26.1 - 18.3.2017Continuing her exploration of color and this hypothetical battle between the color chart and the color circle, Galeria Nara Roesler’s artistic director Alexandra Garcia Waldman,...
o corpo e a obra de artemarcos chaves, karin lambrecht, brígida baltar, alice miceli, paulo bruscky, raul mourão, bruno dunley, melanie smith, vik muniz, rodolpho parigi, antonio dias, berna reale, virginia de medeiros, rené francisco, xavier veilhan, carlito carvalhosa 20.2 - 26.3.2016Appropriations and interpretations of human and natural forms provide unifying thread in group show The Body and the Work of Art, set to open on...
studio butterfly e outras fábulascurated by moacir dos anjos 23.10.2014 - 31.1.2015Society’s outcasts retrieve their dignity in the judgment-free views of Virginia de Medeiros, now showing at the 31st São Paulo Art Biennial and at Galeria Nara Roesler SP in October, under the curatorship of Moacir dos Anjos.
portable practicegroup show 18.1 - 18.2.2014Created by the gallery for our artists, the show brings together works that hone in on the poetics of their practice and, in some capacity, synthesize their works.
studio butterlfly e outras fábulasvirginia de medeiros 17.11.2014Virginia de Medeiros takes the universe of society’s outcasts as the foundation for her multimedia work, which employs photography, video, sculpture, installations and other media, at times concurrently, in each new piece. Her poignant art will be featured in São Paulo’s Galeria Nara Roesler from October 23 to November 23. The show is curated by Moacir dos Anjos. With her prejudice- and judgment-free perspective, never victimizing or condemning her characters, the artist from Feira de Santana builds controversial depictions of social life that tell of unique stories.