—on land and place identity
—on land and place identity
Brazilian artist with an Architecture degree whose artistic research focuses on land identity. Starting with her hometown, São Paulo, she has worked to understand how contemporary landscapes, city tissue and its monuments (mis)represent the diverse layers of presence that constitute a place.
Since arriving in the U.S. she has worked closer with the land, creating space for grounding and exploring the stories and symbols that can unite us.
She performed investigative walks in São Paulo as part of her first solo show at CAIXA Cultural and in the ancestral drylands of Bahia while in residency at the Sacatar Institute (2014).
In 2015, together with four other female artist she did a residency and installation at Oficinal Cultural Oswald de Andrade blurring the notions of authorship.
From 2013-2017, she ran the art-space .Aurora, locate at São Paulo’s historical center, promoting public activities. The group won 3 state prizes for Independent Art Spaces.
Looking for ancient trails in the U.S. led her to work with the sacred geography of New Mexico for her site-specific installations at Pecos National Park (2016). In 2017, she constructed a permanent earth-work at Burnside Farm (Detroit), creating a 'navel' for the land. In the spring of 2018, she began working with Tewa Women United, a group of indigenous women from Northern New Mexico, as part of Santa Fe Art Institute's Equal Justice Residency.
As a resident at AnnexB, a Brazilian initiative in New York, she is responsible for promoting a series of gatherings with fellow 'Latinas' engaging the city with art, culture, immigration and the ideas of home, land and identity.
Bel Falleiros currently lives and works in upstate New York, rural Virginia and São Paulo.
—past, future and ongoing
- 2020 Fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park to construct a site specific sculpture for the show Monuments Now, (opening in October) in Queens, New York.
- Subversive Kin show at The Clemente, (opening in September) in Manhattan, New York.
- 2020 NYFA Immigrant Art Program in Brooklyn, New York.
- Teaching Artist at Dia:Beacon program for public schools in Beacon, NY. Some of the exercises were shared on the institution’s blog for kids and families to find homes in art during the quarantine.
-September to October at Marilia Razuk Gallery, São Paulo.
-June to August on view at the Mexic-Art Museum in Austin, Texas, part of the Young Latinx Artis 24 show BUEN VIVIR / VIVIR BIEN.
–May/Jun 2019 in residency at Obras Portugal, Évora-Monte, Portugal
–May-Jun 2019 Onview at the Fondazione Fabrica de Ciocolatto in Switzerland.
–March 2019 participated on the Spring Break Art Show, in New York.
–January/February 2019 resident at Massapê Projetos, an artist-run space in São Paulo. There a new performance and site specific installation was presented, alongside with a public talk, in dialogue with the curator Julie Dumont/The Bridge Project.
–September 2018 resident at Governors Island, New York, part of the Works on Water and Underwater New York initiative.
–Summer 2018 resident at AnnexB, New York, promoting a series of gatherings Manas Americanas with fellow Latinx Womxn working with social and cultural issues (ongoing).
–Equal Justice Residency at SFAI, Santa Fe, New Mexico, working in collaboration with Tewa Women United.
–2017 Resident at Burnside Farm Detroit working on earth work permanent installation. To visit it, please book here.
–2017 to 2021: On view at the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati with the project Library of Love, by the artist Sandra Cinto.
–ongoing-2013: Founder of the .Aurora art space in São Paulo, promoting shows, open calls, walks, workshops, talks, screenings and other activities that expands the notions of the arts.
–2014: Residency at Sacatar Institute, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, with a CCSP grant.
–Solo show at Caixa Cultural São Paulo, with a federal government prize, to develop a research on São Paulo ancestral landscape, and the artist own place reference and identity.