Laura Lima

Born in Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, in 1971, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. The artist is graduated in Philosophy in Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, and also studied at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage. Her works are conceptual configurations that explore the boundaries between the everyday life and the absurd. Since the early 1990s she has being using the living beings as a medium. There is a certain distance from the term Performance. In her actions or sculptures it is essential that the piece be uninterrupted for long periods. In parallel, the artist participates in several work groups with references ranging from art history to science fiction and techniques ranging from drawings and intricate collages to collaborations with artists and artisans for user-activated pieces. In 2014 she won the Bonnefanten Prize.

In 2019 will be present at Sharjah Biennial 14 and the residency program at Art Dubai Fair, both in the United Arab Emirates. Participated in numerous solo and collective exhibitions throughout her professional trajectory, among which: In 2018 she held the solo ‘Wrong Drawings’ at Goodman Gallery, África do Sul and also ‘Alfaiataria’ at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and ‘Cavalo come Rei’ at the Fondazione Prada, Milan. In the same year she participated in the collectives ‘Divided We Stand ‘at the Busan Biennale, South Korea, ‘Lugares do Delírio’ at Sesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo, and ‘Forecast / Living Matter’ in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. In 2017 she realized the solo ‘A room and a half’, at CCA Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland. In the same year she participated in the collective ‘Voyage’ at the Bergamin Gomide Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, ‘A Invenção da Praia: Cassino’, Istituto Europeo di Design, Rio de Janeiro, and ‘Past / Future / Present’ in Phoenix Art Museum, USA. In 2016 she performed the solo ‘The Inverse’, ICA Miami. In the same year she participated in the collectives ‘Portrait, Illusion and Revelation, Bonnefanten Museum’, Maastricht, Netherlands, Triennial of Aichi, Suijo Building, Toyohashi, Japan, ‘Blackness in Abstraction’, Pace Gallery, New York, USA, ‘Brazil, Beleza?! Contemporary Brazilian Sculpture’, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Haia, Netherlands.

Her works are part of important collections such as: Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brasil; MAM/SP Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brasil; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil.