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.
Paulo Nazareth: Nosotros los otros
Mendes Wood DM
New York, United States
06 May - 10 June 2022
Fundação Iberê Camargo
Porto Alegre, Brazil
19 March - 31 July 2022
Memorial Municipal Getúlio Vargas
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
07 May - 19 June 2022
Un lugar secreto, sombras en el bosque
Museo de Arte Afroamericano Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
19 March - 22 May 2022
Aquí me quedo / Here I Stay
Institute for Contemporary Art
Richmond (VA), United States
06 May - 19 June 2022
Talks / Workshops
Instituto Moreira Salles (online)
São Paulo, Brazil
17 May - 07 June 2022
11 March - 18 July 2022
Espiral para sueños compartidos
Museo Universitario del Chopo
Ciudad de México, Mexico
29 January - 26 June 2022
Primer junte de mujeres artistas afrodescendientes en Carolina
Museo Casa Escuté
Carolina, Puerto Rico
30 April - 14 May 2022
Eu sei por que o pássaro canta na gaiola
Simões de Assis
São Paulo, Brazil
31 March - 21 May 2022
Ayrson Heráclito: Yorùbáiano
Pinacoteca de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
02 April - 22 August 2022
FLAWA: Festival of Latin American Women in the Arts
London, United Kingdom
05 May - 14 May 2022
The 11th edition of the Mercosul Visual Arts Biennial focuses on the Atlantic Triangle.
Inside the Library
The Black Library, Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico
A look into libraries and book collections holding some of the rarer and often forgotten publications. Featured this time: The Black Library in Mexico
“Manglaria: raíces y sujeciones”
Reimagining the Colombian Pacific
The exhibition brings together diverse perspectives on the territory and the Afro and indigenous representations in Colombia.
The Jumbee Sea
The exhibition The Jumbee Sea contests colonial histories by reconfiguring collective memories from Saint Martin Island and the West Indies.
Make Techno Black Again
The Exhibition TECHNO Reveals Institutional Blind Spots
Art historian Jamila Moroder argues that an exhibition in Bolzano, Italy, disconnects techno from its Black heritage, and suggests we take a more complex view.
In Conversation with Tiago Sant'Ana
"The Naturalization of Whiteness as a Life Parameter"
Artist and researcher uses materials such as sugar to discuss the naturalization and erasure of a colonial past.
The Politics of Textile Art
The Unexpected Power of Threads
Two recent books focus on artists using textiles as a way of traversing politics and creating meaning.
Paulo Nazareth at the ICA Miami
Dismantling colonial power
The Brazilian artist offers a journey to understand the oppressive, exploitative nature of colonial history in his country.
Take Me to the River
A multimedia exhibition by the Goethe-Institut and the Prince Claus Fund Art and culture responds to the climate crisis.