Biografy

Group Exhibitions

2015 – A Curious Blindness – Curators: Vivian Chui, Tara Kuruvilla and Doris Zhao – The Wallach Art Gallery, New York
2015 – Terra Comunal / Marina Abramovic + MAI – Curators: Marina Abramovic, Paula Garcia e Lynsey Peisinger – SESC Pompeia, São Paulo
2014 – The artist is an explorer – Curator: Marina Abramovic – Beyeler Foundation, Basel
2014 – Red Night – Curator: Robert Wilson – Triennale Design Museum, Milan
2013 – Arquivo Vivo – Curator: Priscila Arantes – Paço das Artes, São Paulo
2013 – 7 Biennial El Museo del Barrio – Curators: Chus Martinez / Rocío Aranda-Alvarado / Raúl Zamudio – El Barrio Museum, New York
2013 – The body is the medium – SParte – Curator: Marina Lorenzi, São Paulo
2012 – Open Houses – Watermill Center – Walter Mill, New York
2012 – The Big Bang : The 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit – Walter Mill, New York
2011 – 17º International Festival of Contemporary Art Videobrasil_SESC – SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo
2011 – Performa Paço – Paço das Artes – Curator: Lucio Agra
2010 – 6th edition of the Annual Performance – Vermelho Gallery, São Paulo
2010 – “Expanded Gallery” – Luciana Brito Gallery – Curator: Christine Mello, São Paulo
2009 – “Change” – Escola São Paulo – Curator: Nancy Betts, São Paulo
2009 – Exhibition of video – Faculdade Santa Marcelina, São Paulo
2008 – Virada Cultural – May 24 SESC, São Paulo
2008 – Project Video Tripod – SESC, São Paulo
2007 – www.florenceantonio.com – Escola São Paulo, São Paulo
2007 – “Men at work” – Construction of Triptyque, Sao Paulo
2007 – www.florenceantonio.com – Casa dos macacos, Sao Paulo
2007 – Exhibition of video – Faculdade Santa Marcelina, Sao Paulo
2007 – Mostravideo Itaú Cultural – Curator: Marcos Moraes, Belo Horizonte, Belem do Para
2005 – “Ravenous, grotesque and evil” – Paço das Artes – Curator: Christine Mello, São Paulo
2004 – “House of Sweets” – Unicamp – Curator: Regina Johas, Campinas
2004 – “Anita”, D.A. – FAAP – Sao Paulo
2003 – Hotspot – Faculdade Anhembi Morumbi, Sao Paulo
1999 – Performance – Show Sukorski Wilson – SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo
1998 – “Mundão – SESC Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo
1997 – “Arte Cidade 3” – Factory Matarazzo, Sao Paulo

Curator

2016 – As One – 2016 – As One – NEON + MAI – Curators: Marina Abramovic, Serge Le Borgne and Paula Garcia – Benaki Museum, Athens – Greece

2015 – Terra Comunal / Marina Abramovic + MAI – Curators: Marina Abramovic, Paula Garcia e Lynsey Peisinger – SESC Pompeia, São Paulo – Brazil
2014 – PerformaPaço – Combinations – Curators: Paula Garcia and Corrine Fitzpatrick – Paço das Artes, São Paulo – Brazil
2010 – Expanded Gallery – Assistant curator of Christine Mello – Luciana Brito Gallery, São Paulo – Brazil

Artist Residency

2012 – International Summer Program – Watermill Center – Walter Mill, New York – USA

Documentary

2012 – Participated in the documentary “Shoot Yourself” – Director: Paula Alzugaray e Ricardo Van Steen

Academic Background

2007/2009 – Master in Visual Arts – Faculdade Santa Marcelina, São Paulo – Brazil
2002/2005 – Degree in Fine Arts – Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo – Brazil

Main Qualifications

1996 – Michael Howard Studio – Performing Arts, New York – USA
1993/1995 – Theatre School Célia Helena, São Paulo – Brazil

Professional Background

2016 – Associate producer of the movie: The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic and Brazil

2014/2015 – Collaboration and coordination of Marina Abramovic exhibitions at SESC in São Paulo
2012 – Produced objects in Brazil for this two exhibition of Marina Abramovic: The Abramovic Method (PAC) and With closed eyes I see Happiness (Lia Rumma Gallery) in Milan.
2011 – Professor in the post graduate course Curator and Cultural Management Practices in Santa Marcelina College in São Paulo.
2011 – Production of three books in the Collection Permanent Forum
2008/2010 – Coordinator of the projects of Visual Arts of the Spanish Cultural Center in São Paulo – AECID
2007 – Publication in the Electronic Journal Faqmagazine – 4 e 5 Editions
2007 – Paintings from the artist’s work Clorindo Testa – Biennial of the End of the World – Ushuaia, Argentina
2003/2008 – Executive Producer – Arte3
2003/2007 – Publication of illustrations in magazines Simples and Mag!
2003/2007 – Creation of print for brands: Alexandre Herchcovitch, Ellus, Neon, and Cori Amonstro
2003 – Painting of a work by Sol LeWitt in a residence of Edemar Cid Ferreira – São Paulo
1999/2001 – Worked with José Celso Martinez Corrêa in a play Cacilda!

Paula Garcia
São Paulo, 1975. Lives and works in New York.

Paula Garcia and artist and researcher holds an MA in Visual Arts by FASM-SP and a BA in Fine Arts from FAAP. His research and artistic experiences focus on performance and its relations with the media. It acts as an artist and artistic collaborator of the Marina Abramovic Institute She is also an associate producer of “The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic and Brazil,” a documentary produced during trips to Brazil in 2012. Major exhibitions: The artist is an explorer – Curator: Marina Abramovic – Beyeler Foundation, Basel (2014); 7 Biennial El Museo del Barrio – Curators: Chus Martinez / Rocío Aranda-Alvarado / Raúl Zamudio – El Barrio Museum, New York (2013/2014); The Big Bang : The 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit – Curator: Robert Wilson – Walter Mill, New York (2012); 17º International Festival of Contemporary Art Videobrasil_SESC – SESC Belenzinho – SP; Performa Paço in Paço das Artes – SP – (2011); 6th edition of the Exhibition Annual Performance Vermelho Gallery – SP (2010), “Expanded Gallery” on Luciana Brito Gallery – SP (2010)

Statement

My research consists in developing an art procedure that I entitled Corpo Ruído (Noise Body). This practice operates with the capacity of those devices of the senses that can generate a destabilization of the idea of a body that experience. I chose to operate on the aforementioned devices, because the latter are capable of producing distortions that can affect the usual understanding of an experience, by bringing about an alternative perceptive experience of an environment.

In my practice I have created a series of performances in which I cover all my body with very strong magnets, while I have others performers cover these magnets with industrial iron scraps all the way until my body disappears under this trash. The concept of “Noise Body” represents a body that is defined by a sum of three factors: precariousness, uncertainty and risk.

The magnets are elements of my work that serve to discuss the concept of forces. Not only of the invisible subjective kind, but also of the more evident, social type of forces that work to consolidate a system of power that ends up shaping things like bodies, feelings, subjectivities and truths. In these performances I try to showcase bodies in disassembly, crumbling. Ultimately, what I propose in my actions is a performative use of my body as “material support in which the forms of conflict are inscribed”.