Dalton Paula is an Afro-Brazilian artist born in Brasilia in 1982. He earned a degree in visual arts from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). A painter, performer and engraver, he was the only black Brazilian artist to participate in the 32nd São Paulo International Biennial, “Incerteza Viva”, where he presented his installation Rota do Tabaco (2015). The work follows on his reflection on the circulation of things–plants and their social uses, often with a sacred meaning–that have become commodities with the emergence, implementation, and advance of modern capitalism. In the exhibition Amansa-Senhor (2015), Paula discusses how enslaved people found out how to utilize the neurotoxic effects of the Guinea Hen weed to placate their wicked masters, even killing them by controlled use of the plant. The same subject is recapped in Paratudo (2015), an art object assembled from this plant. In his work, Dalton Paula devotes a special place to the body and its multiple implications in a racist society. In Cor da pele (2012), for example, the artist addresses the issue of race mixing and the resulting skin tones that praise this mixing, as long as it is whitening.
Cadeira calçada, 2017, private collection.
Mendes Wood DM
New York, United States
16 November - 21 January 2023
Segundo Ato: Dramas para negros e prólogo para brancos
15 May - 28 February 2023
Inin Niwe y el mundo puro de los eres eternos
Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso
24 November - 13 February 2023
Ecologias do Bem Viver – ELÃ 2022
Galpão Bela Maré
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 October - 10 December 2022
Jonathas de Andrade: O rebote do bote
São Paulo, Brazil
24 September - 28 February 2023
Kòrsou – Curaçao
The Hague, Netherlands
16 December - 20 November 2022
Talks / Workshops
Métodos, Práticas e Maneiras de se pensar Arte e Acervo Indígena
São Paulo, Brazil
18 November -
13ª Bienal do Mercosul
Diversos espaços expositivos
Porto Alegre, Brazil
15 September - 20 November 2022
Jota Mombaça: The Sinking Ship/Properity
San Francisco, United States
27 October - 28 January 2023
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
12 November - 22 February 2023
La Habana, Cuba
21 July - 21 August 2022
15 September - 22 October 2022
Venice Biennale: Chile and Peru
Peruvian artist Christian Bendayan and Chilean Voluspa Jarpa at the 58th Venice Biennale.
Contemporary Afro-Latin American Voices
Old Conflicts, New Expressions
The question of identity is still an important vehicle for creativity in Latin America and sparks original forms of expression.
The legacy of Mestre Didi
Mestre Didi’s unique artistic oeuvre emerges from a breadth of knowledge obtained inside the Nagô Candomblé.
In Conversation with Denilson Baniwa
“A Cell Phone or a Laptop Doesn’t Make You Less Indigenous”
The Brazilian artist Denilson Baniwa talks about how his oeuvre connects indigenous culture with urban contemporary art.
Corredor Afro, Puerto Rico
Taking Control of Your Own Story
A new art space in Loíza, Puerto Rico, establishes creative links between the African Diaspora and Africa. A conversation with Marta Moreno Vega, one of its founders.
Raquel van Haver – Spirits of the Soil
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam shows murals that emerge from the artist's experiences with marginalized communities around the world.
In Conversation with Moisés Patrício
“Fascism is a ghost who keeps on haunting us”
Brazilian artist Moisés Patrício talks about his career, filled with international travel “after 400 years of imprisonment in Brazil”.
Installation View #museumshutdown
Mexican Muralists in the United States, Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum in New York rediscovers Mexican muralists and their influence on 20th century American art.
Installation View: Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (INSTAR)
INSTAR collective presents Operational Factography (2022), a counter-narrative of Cuban cultural history installed in Kassel.