The artist from Santa Catarina competed for the place with more than one hundred candidates in the open call, held in partnership with Instituto Inclusartiz, which tried artists from Southern Brazil
For the fifth year, Instituto Inclusartiz and Delfina Foundation are awarding a Brazilian artist with an artist residency grant at the contemporary art institution based in London. The jury, formed by members of both institutions and by guest curators Ana Rocha (Museum of Contemporary Art of Paraná), Igor Simões (Mercosur Biennial / State University of Rio Grande do Sul), and Kamilla Nunes (State University of Santa Catarina / Instituto Mayer Filho), selected Noara Quintana, from Santa Catarina, who competed with more than one hundred applicants in the open call to artists from the Southern region of Brazil.
“Participating in a residency that promotes dialogues between artists, curators and cultural agents from different parts of the world and, in addition, being able to carry out research in UK institutions, will undoubtedly be a unique experience. I believe that this season at Delfina will be a great opportunity for growth in my trajectory as an artist,” says Noara, who reached the final stage of the contest with artists Erica Storer, Gugie Cavalcanti, Rommulo Vieira, and Sandra Alves.
Quintana’s research focuses on the materiality of everyday objects and the indexes of Global South stories they carry. Through installations and sculptures, her work points to economic exchanges, architectural forms and narratives contrary to the legacy of a colonial imagery. Recently, she participated in the exhibitions “Cultivo,” at Galeria Marli Matsumoto (São Paulo-SP); “11th National Salon Victor Meirelles,” at MASC (Florianópolis); and “The Children Have to Hear Another Story – Alanis Obomsawin,” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin.
“Starting from the interest in how certain materials inform about silenced narratives, I seek through my work other visualities for imagining the Global South, especially with regard to modernity. Continuing the project I have been developing on latex, during my residency in London I intend to research how Brazilian plants influenced architecture, design and industrialization in the British context. On the list of institutions that I hope to visit are the collections of Kew Gardens and the Victoria & Albert Museum,” says the artist.
The winner of this edition of the prestigious program, which has already received relevant names from the current scene, such as Manauara Clandestina, Maxwell Alexandre, Vivian Caccuri, and Talles Lopes, will spend almost three months in the British capital, between January 5 and March 30, 2023. The partnership with the Delfina Foundation is among the initiatives of the Instituto Inclusartiz project to contribute to the exposure and presence of Brazilian artists and curators in the international contemporary art scene.