berna reale
sobremesa # 4, 2018
print on cotton paper on methacrylate
39.4 x 59.1 in

Berna Reale is one of the most important women in the current contemporary art scene in Brazil, recognized internationally as a key Brazilian performance artist. Also a forensic expert, she has produced a body of artwork consisting of performances, photographs, videos and installations, marked by a critical approach to the material, the symbolic aspects of violence, and the processes of silencing present in the most diverse segments of society.

 

Reale began her artistic career in the early 1990s, quickly inserting herself in the world of art installation, urban intervention, and photography. Her first site-specific installation of great impact, Cerne (25th Salão Arte Pará, 2006), a photographic intervention realized in the meat market of the Ver-o-Peso complex, a traditional center of markets and stands bustling with tourists and local shoppers in Belém, Brazil, led the artist to the Centro de Perícias Renato Chaves [Renato Chaves Forensic Center], where she worked as forensic expert beginning in 2010. While there, she developed an interest in using her own body as an aesthetic element central to the construction of the image and in performance art, accordingly. The most emblematic project of her career, Quando todos calam (When All Fall Silent, Grand Prize of the 28th Salão Arte Pará, 2009), likewise realized in Ver-o-Peso, is the culmination of her trajectory outlined above. Centered in performance art as a means of critiquing social injustices since then, Reale gained national recognition after participating in “Rumos Artes Visuais 2011/2013,” Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo (2012), Brazil. She began working with video in 2011, realizing numerous video and photography projects, which garnered international recognition. She was also one of the candidates selected by “Rumos Itaú Cultural 2013-2014,” São Paulo (2014), where she developed the project Precisa-se do presente (We Need the Present, 2015) in cities from countries that make up BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). During this same period, Reale represented Brazil alongside two other artists in the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015).

Born in Belém, PA, Brasil, 1965, Berna Reale lives and works in her hometown. She holds a degree in visual arts from the Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), Belém. Beyond participating in the 56th Biennale di Venezia, she has also participated in biennials such as the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial, Beijing, China (2018); the 34th Panorama da Arte Brasileira at Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2015); the 13th Quadrienal de Praga (PQ’15, 2015), Prague, Czech Republic (2015); the 5th Biennale de Liège (BIP de Liège), Liège, Belgium (2006); and the 13th Bienal de Arte de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal (2005). Her recent and most important exhibitions include: Brasile. Il cotello nella carne, a group show at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea Milano (PAC-Milano), Milan, Italy (2018); Video Art in Latin America, a group show at the LAXART, West Hollywood/LA, USA, part of the event II Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (II PST: LA/LA, 2017); Vão, a solo show at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - São Paulo (CCBBSP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2017); Deformation, Bergkirche, and Berna Reale – Über uns / About Us, Kunsthaus, both simultaneous solo shows in Wiesbaden/HE, Germany (2017); Berna Reale: Singing in the Rain, a solo show at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMoCA), Salt Lake City/UT, USA (2016); and Vazio de nós, a solo show at the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil (2013). She has received the following awards: the 5th Prêmio Marcantonio Vilaça for Visual Arts, Brazil (2015); the PIPA Online 2012 Award, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil (2012); and the Grand Prize of the 28th Salão Arte Pará, Belém/PA, Brazil (2009); among others. Her artworks are in institutional collections such as: the Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo/SP, Brazil; the Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden/HE, Germany; the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC USP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil; the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil; and the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil.

Press

  • Forensic Artist: The powerful performance art of crime scene investigator Berna Reale Download

    Forensic Artist: The powerful performance art of crime scene investigator Berna Reale

    Cynthia Garcia, New City Brazil 25.9.2018
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    "Vão"

    Bruno Yutaka Saito, Valor Econômico 11.8.2017
  • berna reale cria feminismo rosa-choque Download

    berna reale cria feminismo rosa-choque

    Silas Martí, Ilustrada 16.7.2017
  • berna reale enxuga gelo em individual no ccbb-sp Download

    berna reale enxuga gelo em individual no ccbb-sp

    Alessandro Giannini, O Globo 15.7.2017
  • agenda: individual de berna reale no CCBB é o destaque da semana em são paulo Download

    agenda: individual de berna reale no CCBB é o destaque da semana em são paulo

    Brasileiros 15.7.2017
  • berna reale, a simbiose entre a arte e a perícia criminal: “não sou de museu, gosto da rua” Download

    berna reale, a simbiose entre a arte e a perícia criminal: “não sou de museu, gosto da rua”

    Marina Rossi, El País 14.7.2017
  • o som do soco no ar Download

    o som do soco no ar

    Ana Abril, Select 12.7.2017
  • Video oediV review - where and what is video art in 2016? Download

    Video oediV review - where and what is video art in 2016?

    Andrew Frost, The Guardian 29.1.2016
  • berna reale fala do tema da violência em suas obras para o 34 Panorama do MAM Download

    berna reale fala do tema da violência em suas obras para o 34 Panorama do MAM

    Camila Molina, Estadão 13.10.2015
  • representante do brasil na 56 bienal de veneza, berna reale leva obras para as ruas Download

    representante do brasil na 56 bienal de veneza, berna reale leva obras para as ruas

    Camila Molina, O Estado de S. Paulo 28.4.2015

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Texto Crítico

  • berna reale: gula

    agnaldo farias
    Published in 1945, the poem “O Medo” [Fear] by Drummond, bears as an epigraph a phrase by Antonio Cândido – “Porque há para todos nós um problema sério (...). Este problema é o do medo” [Because there is a serious problem for all of us (…). This problem is that of fear” – an excerpt from a statement by the great intellectual made about the impact of World War II, about Nazi-fascism, and the repression of the Estado Novo. And since then the situation has become much worse. We live in a climate of civil war, as evidenced by the operation of the Armed Forces in Rio de Janeiro, our former post-card city, today a landscape of apprehension and sadness. Berna Reale is deepening her investigation into violence, aware that it, among all the mothers of fear, is the greatest and most direct. Her performances, videos, photographs and installations have garnered her national and international recognition. All of this has taken place within the last decade, when the...