- Beatriz do Nascimento (Vogue Brasil), 2021
- Esperança Garcia, Luísa Mahin e Maria Firmina dos Reis (Vogue Brasil), 2021
- O mais importante é inventar o Brasil que nós queremos, 2021
- Tia Maria do Jongo (Vogue Brasil), 2021
- Um defeito de cor (VOGUE), 2021
- Antonieta de Barros, Maria Felipa de Oliveira, Laudelina de Campos (Vogue Brasil), 2020
- Conceição Evaristo à Académie Brésilienne des Lettres, 2020
- Les sussex (la famille royale), 2020
- Minha Casa, minha vida (Casa Vogue), 2020
- O que é melhor, a gente discutir acordos políticos ou a cor dos políticos, 2020
- Raimundo Nina Rodrigues (Vogue), 2020
- Tempo de Amor (A voz do morro), 2020
- Porte ilegal de artefato incendiário (“Democracia racial”), 2018
- Arte contemporânea é negra, 2016
- O que vai nascer, 2016
Elian Almeida's practice is characterized by a convergence of different techniques, such as painting, photography, video and installation, functioning as part of a new generation of artists whose works revindicate protagonism to agents and bodies that have been traditionally marginalized in our society and in the history of art. His body of work addresses decolonialism, exploring the experience and performativity of the black body in contemporary Brazilian society, through a process of recuperating elements from the past - imagens, narratives, characters - as a means of contributing to the process of empowerment and dissemination of afro-brazilian historiography.
On one hand, Almeida's research engages with the biographies of black personalities whose importance has been erased through history, striving to restore the notability that they deserve. On the other hand, the artist also addresses the violent ways in which police approach racialized bodies, exploring matters of privilege within Brazilian culture and society, while also denouncing the myth of racial democracy. In his series Vogue, Almeida appropriates the visual identity and aesthetics of the famous fashion magazine, integrating them into the composition of his portraits of black individuals. With this, the artist demonstrates the ways in which his different lines of work have come to converge as a means of encouraging the public to question the ways in which these subjects have been represented and circulated within Brazilian visual culture.
Elian Almeida was born in 1994, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in Paris, France. His works have been exhibited in numerous group shows, including: Enciclopédia negra, at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2021), in São Paulo, Brazil; Amanhã há de ser outro dia / Demain sera um autre jour, at Studio Iván Argote and at Espacio Temporal (2020), in Paris, France; Esqueleto – 70 anos de UERJ, at Paço Imperial (2019), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Arte naïf – Nenhum museu a menos, at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV Parque Lage) (2019), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mostra memórias da resistência, at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica (CMAHO) (2018), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bela verão e Transnômade Opavivará, at Galpão Bela Maré (2018), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Novas poéticas – Diálogos expandidos em arte contemporânea, at Museu do Futuro (2016), in Curitiba, Brazil; amongst others.
ao que vai nascerisaac julien, elian almeida, virginia de medeiros 2.4 - 21.5.2022Nara Roesler São Paulo is pleased to present Ao que vai nascer : Isaac Julien, Elian Almeida, Virginia de Medeiros, put together by the gallery’s...
before – now – what is yet to comeelian almeida 1.9 - 23.10.2021Nara Roesler Rio de Janeiro is pleased to announce Before – now – what is yet to come*, Brazilian artist Elian Almeida's first solo exhibition,...
coleção mar + enciclopédia negraelian almeida 1.6.2022The exhibition “Coleção MAR + Enciclopédia Negra” brings to the public portraits of characters whose images and life stories were erased or never recorded made...
coleção sartori – a arte contemporânea habita antônio pradoangelo venosa, berna reale, carlito carvalhosa, elian almeida, karin lambrecht, lúcia koch, virginia de medeiros 1.5.2022Angelo Venosa, Berna Reale, Carlito Carvalhosa, Elian Almeida, Karin Lambrecht, Lúcia Koch e Virginia de Medeiros participam da mostra Coleção Sartori - A arte contemporânea...
nova vanguarda cariocaelian almeida na cidade das artes 18.2.2022Elian Almeida is one of the fifteen artists participating in the exhibition Nova Vanguarda Carioca, which opens today, January 8, at Cidade das Artes ,...
elian almeida on vogue brazil18.2.2022On the occasion of the Week of Modern Art centennial, an event that sought to break with aesthetics and cultural norms of the time and...
enciclopédia negraelian almeida 19.10.2021Enciclopédia negra, on display at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, brings to the public the 103 works made by contemporary artists for the homonymous book...