I work across video, sculpture, performance, and installation to reflect on the ways the built environment shapes us as subjects. Having grown up in Brasília, Brazil’s modern planned capital, made me aware of the global circulation of modernity images as well as their effects on the national and international psychologies. More recently, I have engaged with spaces and intertwining aesthetics where transnational histories of Brazil and the United States remain imprinted.
For “Brasília, Cars, Pools and Other Modernities,” a 1970s VW Brasilia car, loaded with pool cleaning equipment, was brought from Brasília to Santa Monica to assist with the Strick House swimming pool maintenance routine. Brasília’s architect, Oscar Niemeyer, designed the house concurrently with his work on the city. He never visited the building as his communist affiliations prevented him to enter the U.S. for many years. The installation draws parallels between the two cities through architecture and car culture.
A recent body of work examines Ford’s rubber plantation villages in the Brazilian Amazon and a local architectonic style, New England’s Cape Cod cottages, brought to the tropical forest. “Streamlined,” contrasts Belterra, second Ford’s town in the Amazon with its “twin” Alberta, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The installation presents an uncanny situation where the corresponding cinematography makes the familiar foreign and vice-versa. By streamlining the video editing, the visual differences, such as the landscape, architectural adaptations and each town’s daily rhythm, establish a sense of place where specific cultural aspects inhabit and change these formally equivalent preconceived urban spaces.
Select Solo Exhibitions
Transplanted, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
Brasília, Cars, Pools & Other Modernities, Artpace, San Antonio
Blind Spot, Blaffer Art Museum University of Houston, Houston
Study for a Landscape, Sicardi Gallery, Houston
Select Group Exhibitions
Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Unsettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe
Bringing the World into the World, The Queens Museum, New York
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco / Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Select Fellowships and Awards
Artpace Fellowship, Artpace San Antonio
ARC Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
Artistic Innovation Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
Core Program Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
FAAP – Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil