b. 1977, Governador Valadares, Brazil
Paulo Nazareth's performance and installation-based work often draw on his joint African and indigenous heritage. His ongoing work Cadernos de Africa (Africa Notebooks) is presented as part of Journal: a five-year walk he began in 2013 from his home in a favela near Belo Horizonte, throughout Brazil and eventually northwards across the entirety of the African continent from Cape Town. His walk-performance represents a slow, real-time inquiry into his own experience and that of the individuals he encounters on the way, tracing a subtle matrix of connections that bridge not only people but communities and shared histories. His installations consist of an arrangement of collected ephemera and video works that document his journey.
He engages with a number of subjects that are often related to race, ideology and the unequal distribution of development through his practice that is both interdisciplinary and participatory. Nazareth seeks to embody the idea of the artist as a connector, a decoder and a philosopher.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include Premium Bananas, Museu de Arte de São Paulo – MASP, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012-2013;Veneza Neves, Veneza, Ribeirão das Neves, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2013; News from Americas, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, Brazil , 2012; Museu de Arte de Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2007. Group exhibitions include Imagine Brazil, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway, Meanwhile... Suddenly And Then; 12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France 2013-2014; Unstable Territory: Borders and Identity in Contemporary Art, Centre for Contemporary Culture at Palazzo Strozzi; CCC Strozzina, Florence, Italy; The Insides are on the Outside – O interior está no exterior, Casa de Vidro, São Paulo, Brazil; The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, Museum as Hub: Walking Drifting Dragging, New Museum, New York, USA, 2013.