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Tamar Guimaraes – SOAP Episode 5, still.
Tamar Guimaraes – SOAP Episode 5, still.

Artist Talk: Tamar Guimaraes

Tamar Guimaraes work draws from film and literature, oral history and popular culture finding its expression in process-based and collaborative formats.

Guimaraes often work with actors alongside non-actors in semi-fictional films exploring socio- political dynamics. Another, more documentary thread of her work delves into states of rapture and their intersection with the nation state within hybrid religious practice in rural and urban Brazil.

Guimaraes will present a selection of works of the last 12 years, discussing SOAP in greater detail. SOAP is an ongoing series she startes shooting in 200 and it imagines what would be involved in creating a telenovela which could infiltrate the far right in Bolsonaro's Brazil. It presents a group of fictional, idealistic left-wingers who want to join forces to break into the worlds of right-wing propaganda.

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Tamar Guimaraes (b. 1967 in Belo Horizonte, BR, lives and works in Copenhagen) is a visual artist working with video and other forms of time based media. Solo exhibitions include Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofa, Madrid; Jeu de Paume Satellite, Paris; Gasworks, London and the IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Guimaraes' works have been shown at exhibitons at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Sterischer Herbst 200; at the 33rd, 31st and the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial; the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial among many other places. Her work has also been screened at the Berlinale Forum Expanded (2019); Blackout, International Film Festival Rotterdam (2019); VIDEONALE, Bonn (2018); Anthology Film Archive, New York (2016); and CPH:DOX (2013 and 2007) among others.

Guimaraes' work is represented in the collections of the Tate Modern (UK); the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation Prize, Malmö, Sweden; the 2012 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants and Commissions Prize, Miami, USA; was the receiver of a three-year work grant from the Danish Arts Council and was nominated for the 2018 Prize The Future of Europe, Leipzig, Germany.

This talk is a part of the Academy of Fine Art’s public programme, and the talk will be hosted by Maryam Jafri, professor at the Academy of Fine Art.