- Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos, 2023
- Irmandade de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Homens Pretos, 2023
- Mapa do Recôncavo da Bahia, 2023
- 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
- 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
- Porte ilegal de artefato incendiário (“Democracia racial”), 2018
- Arte contemporânea é negra, 2016
- O que vai nascer, 2016
Elian Almeida's (n. 1994, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 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 lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His first solo exhibition Antes – agora – o que há de vir, took place at Nara Roesler (2021), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His works have been exhibited in numerous group shows, including: Atos de revolta, at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio) (2022), in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Crônicas cariocas, at Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) (2021), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Enciclopédia negra, at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2021), in São Paulo, Brazil; and at Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) (2022), in Rio de Janeiro, 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. His work is part of the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) collection, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
pessoas que eram coisas que eram pessoaselian almeida 13.5 - 29.7.2023Nara Roesler São Paulo is pleased to announce Pessoas que eram coisas que eram pessoas, the first solo show by artist Elian Almeida in the...
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,...
brasil futuro: as formas da democraciaelian almeida, jaime lauriano 30.1.2023Alongside President’s inauguration on January 1st, 2023, the Museu Nacional de Brasília organized the group exhibition Brasil Futuro: as Formas da Democracia [Future Brazil: The...
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...
crônicas cariocasbrígida baltar, cristina canale, elian almeida 19.10.2021Crônicas Cariocas, Museu de Arte do Rio's main exhibition on its annual calendar, opens its doors with more than 600 works by more than a...
elian almeida conversa com carollina laurianonara roesler são paulo 29.7.2023On the occasion of Elian Almeida 's exhibition People who were things who were people , the artist spoke to curator Carollina Lauriano.
elian almeida | pessoas que eram coisas que eram pessoas15.5.2023Nara Roesler São Paulo is pleased to announce Pessoas que eram coisas que eram pessoas, the first solo show by artist Elian Almeida in the city. Accompanied by essays by Keyna Eleison and Luiz Antônio Simas, the exhibition presents a series of new works, the result of Almeida's deepening research on Afro-Brazilian culture and memory. In these new works, the artist focuses on the cultural manifestations of the Recôncavo Baiano.
elian almeida | before – now – what is yet to comeelian almeida 1.9.2021