Selected for the program through an open call promoted in partnership with Instituto Inclusartiz, the artist will stay for three months at the British institution
Artist Noara Quintana landed in London on January 5 to experience a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation. Born in Santa Catarina, Quintana was selected for the artist residency program of the British contemporary art center through an open call for artists from the southern region of Brazil, held in partnership with Instituto Inclusartiz in 2022. The invitation received more than one hundred registrations and had a jury made up of members of both institutions, besides guest curators Ana Rocha (Contemporary Art Museum of Paraná), Igor Simões (Bienal Mercosul / Rio Grande do Sul State University), and Kamilla Nunes (Santa Catarina State University / Mayer Filho Institute).
“Participating in a residency that promotes dialogue between artists, curators and cultural agents from different parts of the world and, in addition, having the chance to develop research in institutions in the United Kingdom, will undoubtedly be a unique experience. I believe that this season at Delfina will be a great opportunity for evolving in my career as an artist,” says Quintana.
The researcher from Santa Catarina focuses on the materiality of everyday objects and the indices of stories from the Global South that they carry. Through installations and sculptures, her work points to economic exchanges, architectural forms and narratives contrary to the legacy of a colonial imaginary. Recently, she was part of the exhibitions “Cultivation,” at Galeria Marli Matsumoto (São Paulo, SP); “11th Victor Meirelles National Salon,” at MASC (Florianópolis); and “The Children Have to Hear Another Story – Alanis Obomsawin,” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin.
“Starting from an interest in how certain materials inform about silenced narratives, I seek, through my work, other visualities for the Global South imaginary, 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 I intend to visit are the Kew Gardens and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collections,” says the artist.
This was the fifth year the Instituto Inclusartiz and the Delfina Foundation have joined efforts to promote the scholarship, which has already included prominent names in Brazilian contemporary art such as Manauara Clandestina, Maxwell Alexandre, Vivian Caccuri, and Talles Lopes.