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 investigative processes to transgress hegemonic narratives as a means of giving voice and visibility to neglected, or marginalized histories. In order to do so, Medeiros employs methodologies that are common to both, art and documentary work, including displacement, participation and fabulation. 

 

In her work, Medeiros does not seek to capture or represent the Other but rather depicts punctual aspects of certain individuals, in order for their condition to become axiomatic. The artist has often employed photography and video to represent and showcase identities and existences that have historically been omitted, such as that of transgenders, transsexuals, women or the homeless. Her work emerges from an intense immersive process, where she familiarises herself and co-exists with her research subject in an attempt to free herself from an ethnographic approach, annulling possible underlying layers of prejudice, and allowing instead for intimacy and organic narratives to emerge.

 

Virginia de Medeiros was born in 1973 in Feira de Santana, Brazil. She lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Recent solo exhibitions include: Clamor, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (ITO), in São Paulo, Brazil; 29th Programa de exposições, at Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP) (2019), in São Paulo, Brazil; Alma de bronze, at Ocupação Nove de Julho (2018), in São Paulo, Brazil; Studio Butterfly e outras fábulas, at Galeria Fayga Ostrower, Complexo Cultural Funarte (2018), in Brasília, Brazil. She has featured in biennials as: Jogja Biennale 14, Indonésia (2017); 27th and 31th Bienal de São Paulo, Brasil (2006 e 2014). Recent group shows include: Love and Ethnology. The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte), at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) (2019), in Berlin, Germany; Arte Democracia Utopia – Quem não luta tá morto, at Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) (2018), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Forms of Resistance, at Golden Thread Gallery (2017), in London, UK, and Histórias da sexualidade, at Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) (2017), in São Paulo, Brazil. Her works are included in the collections of: Associação Cultural Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil; Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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  • 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