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Vanessa da Silva

London

Artist Statement

Vanessa da Silva's interdisciplinary process-based practice combines sculpture, textiles and performance focussing on issues of formation of identity, migration and displacement. Through the weaving of the personal and the political da Silva is interested to investigate the overlaying and fusion of histories and cultures that builds oneself.

The reality of growing up in São Paulo and moving to London in the early 2000s inform da Silva's practice, she reflects upon her own lived experiences as a Latin American immigrant in Europe to reconstruct her own consciousness of Brazilian identity and otherness – da Silva is interested in the space between nationalities and the complicated borders where identities/ cultures mix and meet, where divergent and conflicting ideas cohabit.

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Vanessa da Silva's Portfolio

Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove series 2 colour 4 steel, fibre glass, resin, UV paint 348 x 193 x 114 cm 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove series 2 colour 3 steel, fibre glass, resin, UV paint 265 x 185 x 136 cm 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove series 2 colour 2 steel, fibre glass, resin, UV paint 370 x 178 x 95 cm 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove (series 2 colour 1) steel, fibre glass, resin, UV paint 360 x 135 x 112 cm 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove series 2, 0 Hue 2 Steel, fibre glass, resin, UV paint 320 x 188 x 126 cm 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove series 2, 0 Hue 1 steel, fibre glass, resin, UV paint 255 x 177 x 85 cm 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove, Performance documentation, Still image 4 Collaboration with Arte Total Braga Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Portugal 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove, Performance documentation, Still image 3 Collaboration with Arte Total Braga Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Portugal 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Vanessa da Silva_Muamba Grove, Performance documentation, Still image 2 Collaboration with Arte Total Braga Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Portugal 2019
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove, Performance documentation, Still image 1 Collaboration with Arte Total Braga Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Portugal 2019

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Artist Biography

Vanessa da Silva was born in São Paulo, Brazil; she lives and works in London. She holds an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BFA in Product Design from FAAP Faculty of Fine Art, São Paulo, Brazil.

Selected Exhibitions

2019
Sculpture Park Commission, Muamba Groves, Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
Vertical Zen, solo exhibition at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland
Dominó, curated by Camila Bechelany, Casa da Luz, São Paulo
Antifascismo Tropical, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, White Cubicle, London

2018
This Future Is Unthinkable, Yet Here We Are Thinking It, curated by Juliette Desorgues, Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels
Artworks Open curated by Tai Shani and Emma Talbot, Barbican Arts Trust
ARCO Lisbon, Opening section curated by João Laia
I Am He As You Are She As You Are Me, curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli, House of Egorn, Berlin
That Same Far Place, Chezkit, Pantin

2017
Stranger than Paradise, solo exhibition at StudioRCA Riverlight, London Herland, Bosse & Baum, London
Seamless Territories, Blyth Gallery, London
With Institutions Like This…, curated by Victor Wang, The Averard Hotel, London

2012
Fur, curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra, White Cubicle, London

Performances: Mu-amba Gro-ve, Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga, Portugal (2019)
The Up-Risers, Kunstraum, London (2019)
Muamba Grove (2018) Fitzrovia Gallery, London
Stranger than Paradise (2018) StudioRCA Riverlight, London
Resistance’s Flow (2017) Royal College of Art, London

Vanessa was shortlisted for the VIA Arts Prize, London (2018), in 2017 she was selected by Richard Wentworth for the Almacantar Studio Award and she was awarded the Fall Residency Program at Ox-Bow, USA.

In 2019 Vanessa was an artist in residency at Pivô Research, São Paulo, Brazil and in 2017 in residence at Ox-Bow, Fall residency programme, Saugatuck, USA

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