“Restless” is a good word to define Iagor Peres. At 27 years-old, he has already moved through different artistic languages and one of the recurring raw materials in his works lives in state of constant change. Working in the visual arts since 2016, the Brazilian artist was one of the recipients of the Dutch Prince Claus awards last year. In the following interview, he talks about his research and findings.
C&AL: You have a history in dance?
Iagor Peres: In theater and dance. When I was a child, I lived in the countryside of the state of Rio de Janeiro, and I watched a theatrical performance during a school field trip. I thought it was incredible. I ended up changing to a new school where they had a theater program and that was where, at nine-years-old, I took my first steps on the stage. During my youth, when I lived in São Paulo with my family, I attended a series of free courses and took a course at the Theater of the São Caetano Foundation. That’s when I really started approaching the arts of the body and learning through them. In 2010, at 15, I returned to Rio de Janeiro eager to leave the theater because I was a little tired of the medium, and I migrated toward dance because I thought that contact with the body would do me well. It led me, for example, to notice more complex aspects of human relationships. Three years later I went to study Sociology at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), a program I did not complete, and started taking courses informally in various arts disciplines, my goal being to transfer to a different program. But that idea did not become a reality because I moved to Recife.