With the support of Instituto Inclusartiz, the artist from Rio de Janeiro will stay for three months in Salzburg to continue her research, which involves invented and mystical landscapes
On January 10, artist Tadáskía began an artist residency at the Salzburger Kunstverein, a contemporary art organization based in the city of Salzburg, in Austria, with the support of Instituto Inclusartiz. The artist from Rio de Janeiro will spend three months continuing her research, which involves drawing, apparition, photography, installation and textiles. Through her practice, which mobilizes invented and mystical landscapes, she also seeks to elaborate the imaginative experiences of the black peoples’ diaspora, around family and foreign encounters.
Recently, Tadáskía created a bilingual single-page publication called “Ave Preta Mística/Mystical Black Bird”. In this story, she narrates the transformation of a bird into many things, inciting the emancipation of the black people, in a free interpretation of Sankofa. And with the production of books of drawings and poetic texts she intends to develop her work at the Salzburger Kunstverein.
“When I arrived at the Salzburger, I already knew that the scope of the residency was very free in relation to the production and delivery of works. Anyway, when the plane was landing, for the first time in my life I saw a huge number of rabbits jumping in the dark woods. It was a scene that left me extremely moved. From that, I think of making a new story, blending love and magic, emerging from some darkness to brightness,” says Tadáskia.
This is the second time that the artist takes part in an artist residency in Europe. Previously, she was at Homesession, in Barcelona (Spain), where during two months she produced works based on local nature and the imaginary that emerged from her contact with the new territory.
“When I arrived at Homesession, I noticed that there was a square called Ocellets, a word in Catalan that can be translated as ‘little bird.’ My work in this context involved fresh fruit and vegetables, I redesigned wooden fences and sewed eggshells with gold thread. I like to approach lovingly the materials and imaginations I find, it is a feeling of being alive, of creating some temporary language with a hitherto foreign world,” she explains.
After finishing the residency in Austria, in March, Tadáskía will join the artist residency program at Instituto Inclusartiz for six months, where she will have the opportunity to improve the projects started at the Salzburger Kunstverein. The artist will also teach painting at the institute later this year, a course based on the methods she developed and uses in her work.
Tadáskía has a degree in Visual Arts from UERJ, a master’s degree in Education from UFRJ and has participated in several group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. In 2022, she held her first solo show “Tadáskía: noite dia” at the Sé Galeria, in São Paulo. She has works in the collections of Art Museum of Rio (MAR), Inhotim, MAM-SP, Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, Çarê Cultural Institute, and important private collections.