berna reale  sobremesa # 4, 2018  print on cotton paper on methacrylate  39.4 x 59.1 in
berna reale  vã, 2017  photographic print  65.7 x 42.9 in
berna reale  luto [grief], 2015  photographic print on cotton paper  39.4 x 59.1 in
berna reale  cantando na chuva, 2014  vídeo  4'15
berna reale  americano, 2013  video  3’42”
berna reale  ordinário, 2013  video  3’15”
berna reale  imunidade, 2012  video  3’ 30”
berna reale  número repetido # 1, 2012  mineral pigment on photographic premium luster paper  50 x 70 cm
berna reale  palomo, 2012  video  3'03"
berna reale  palomo # 4 , 2012  mineral pigment on premium luster photographic paper  100 x 150 cm
berna reale  Entretantos Améns , 2010  inkjet print on cotton paper  66.5 x 100 cm each
berna reale  quando todos calam, 2009  photographic print on cotton paper  66 x 100 cm
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 and symbolic aspects of violence and the processes of silencing present in the most diverse segments of society.

 

Reale became outstanding in the art scene beginning with her participation in the XXV Salão Arte Pará (2006), where she presented the intervention Cerne, consisting of photographs of human viscera taken in the morgue and strategically installed 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. This experience led the artist to successfully take an exam to be a forensic expert, afterward working at the Renato Chaves Forensic Center in 2010. From then on, her production has been mainly focused on performance art as a form of denouncement of situations of social injustice, operating as a sort of questioning “noise.” Reale’s performances, which are unfolded in photographic series and videos based on recordings of her actions, are also outstanding for presenting the artist as a protagonist, her own body entering as a further aesthetic element in the construction of the image.

 

Berna Reale was born in Belém do Pará/PA, Brazil, 1965, where she lives and works. She holds a degree in visual arts from the Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), Belém. Her recent solo and group shows include: Brazil. Knife in the Flesh, a group show at Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea Milano (PAC-Milano), Milan, Italy (2018), at which she presented Camuflagem (2018), her first performance held outside her birth city; Lecture/Performance & Screenings: Berna Reale, a solo show at Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design (MDC MOAD), Miami/FL, USA (2017); Video Art in Latin America, a group show at LAXART, West Hollywood/LA, USA, part of the event II Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (2017); and Vão, a solo show at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2017). She was one of the artists representing Brazil at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2015), also participating in the 34th Panorama da Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil (2015), in the 5th Biennale internationale de la photographie et des arts visuels de Liège, Liège, Belgium (2006), and in the 13th Bienal de Arte de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal (2005). She has received the following awards: 5th Prêmio Marcantonio Vilaça for Visual Arts, Brazil (2015); Prêmio PIPA Online 2012, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil (2012); and the Grand Prize of the Salão Arte Pará, Belém/PA, Brazil (2009). Her artworks figure in international collections such as those of the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC USP), São Paulo/SP, Brazil; the Museu de Arte de Belém, Belém/PA, Brazil; and the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), 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...