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.
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.