2022 | NYC | Artist
Pedro França, "Thanos, Soccer, Death and Jobs" (Thanos Futebol, Mortes e Emprego), 2021. Video on LED Pannel. Photo: Ana Pigosso. Courtesy Galeria Jaqueline Martins
Artist Name: Pedro França
Residency Dates: June 2022
Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Lives & Works: São Paulo, Brazil
Gallery: Galeria Jaqueline Martins (São Paulo)
Through individual and collaborative practices, Pedro França works in a variety of media including paintings, installation and digital projects which engage in schizo and metonymical rearrangements of images and objects.
“In recent years my practice has evolved around an expanded notion of the virtual, and my interest in it lies not only as a new technological possibility. Instead, virtuality, as I approach it, is related to a set of practices that diverse cultures traditionally incorporate in their "real" experience of the world: dreams, delirium, imagination, prediction, possession, as well as other forms of connections to the dead, past, and future. My paintings, installation, and media projects try to engage the virtual and the actual as a continuum – as if the work could be a revolving door between image and the body, the visceral and the spiritual, phenomena and memory.”
Among their main collective or individual exhibitions are: De ontem pra hoje já era amanhã (Galeria Jaqueline MArtins, 2021), The void before (Galeria Jaquelien Martins, 2020), Marcantonio Vilaça Prize Exhibition (FAAP, Sao Paulo, 2019), AI-5 - It’s still not over. (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, 2018), Don’t Judd me! I just arrived and there’s this Giant Ulcera among us (Museu de Arte de Ribeirao Preto, Ribeirão Preto, Sao Paulo,2018), Sites of delirium (MAR - Rio de Janeiro, 2017), Frestas - SESC Triennial (São Paulo, 2017), and Homeroadmovie (Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, 2012).
Since 2011, the artist has been a member of the Ueinzz Theatre Company, a theatre collective which gathers people with all sorts of psychic experiences. With the group, França has participated in the development and performance of the works Cais de Ovelhas (Noreadymademen) [2012-2015], Gravidade Zero (Zero Gravity) [2015-2017], and Mobedique HORS ACVE [2018-2019].
França was nominated for the PIPA Prize in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the Marcantonio Vilaça Prize in 2019.
Support: Pedro França's residency is made possible with support from Galeria Jaqueline Martins.