ALICE QUARESMA

Brazil-born artist Alice Quaresma (*1985) pushes the boundaries of photography by experimenting with a variety of different materials through which she imbues her works with subversive playfulness.
The Brazilian art movements Neo-Concrete and Tropicalia serve as inspiration for Quaresma's artistic practice, as well as her personal photography archive, with which she explores ideas of displacement and identity. 

By emphasizing gestural beauty, Quaresma's photographs break with mechanical perfection to throw our rigid assertion of photographic objectivity off balance. Geometric forms and the ocean, a symbol for journey and discovery, are reoccurring themes in the artist's works, which range from photographs and objects to murals and site-specific installations.

ARTIST STATEMENT 

My work confronts the limits of photography as I confront my life as an outsider. The photographs register my journey over the years and reveal both my encounters and losses over time. As an immigrant, I rely on my memory to feel a sense of worth and identity. Today, my stories are my identity. In a world of so much information, I bring to my work the condition of imagination. I create images that represent escapes, inspired by places I have visited and revisited. I study subjectivity in a photograph. Over time, the memory of my roots fade away, and yet they gain emotional meaning. 

 

Our imaginations give us strength for what is to come. In my studio practice, I explore concepts around the “mental object” as described in Susan Sontag's book called “On Photography”, as well as the idea of “punctum” in “Camera Lucida” by Ronald Barthes. I experiment with utopian scenarios that are formed from images of my past, overlapping them with lines, shapes and colors. Geometry is a simple language and a universally understandable tool that I utilize to play with objectivity in photography. My works aim to surprise the viewer, inviting them to use their imagination, rescue their memories, and feel like an outsider, so I try to bring a sense of discovery and discomfort to my work. I am always learning something new because life around me continues to get more complex and hectic. The one constant in my life and work is the horizon, a place of departure, discovery and the unknown. It's the place I wake up to every day.

 

My work experiments with the physicality of photography. By painting and drawing lines over the photographs, I reveal the paper's fragility and the medium's limitations. Through the unexpected, my works reveal a moment of discovery in which the material comes out on top. To me, the process of making work is fascinating; as a photographer, I let materials like acrylic paint, gouache, oil pastel, pencil, and tape shape my creative process. While redecorating and subverting my photographs, I pay closer attention to the images from my past, so dealing with nostalgia as well as the act of remembrance and belonging is of utmost importance to my work. A moment that used to be private will soon be shared with the public; it's not mine anymore, it's part of the world.  

Upstream, 2018
Colour paper cutout over photo print
60 x 92 cm

Off Shore, 2017

Paper cutout sowed on photographic print
25 x 38 cm

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

2012 
History of Art Post Baccalaureate Studies | Columbia University, New York, USA
 

2009 
Master of Fine Arts | Pratt Institute, New York, USA
 

2007 
Bachelor of Fine Arts  | Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018
“Horizonte”, Caixa Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil

“Coisas da Vida”, Casa Nova Art arte e Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil
 

2017
“Passage”, Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York, USA

“Puzzle”, Lazy Susan Gallery, New York, USA
 

2016
“Threaded”, Flatiron Project Space, New York, USA 
 

2015
“Beyond”, Fauna Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
 

2014
“Nest”, Special Projects, New York, USA
 

2013
“Roots”, Barracão Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

2011
“Two People and One Hundred Places”, Mercedes Viegas Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

2010
“American Home”, PS122 Gallery, New York, USA

     GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 
"Group Show", Felix Frachon, Brussels, Belgium 
 

2018 
"Alibi", Emerging Talents Festival, Mattatoio, Roma, Italy

“Nothing in Isolation”, Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York, USA

“Gute Bekannte”, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UK

“LAND+BODY= Escape”, NARS, Brooklyn, USA
 

2017
“O Silêncio Banal e a Pausa”, Centro de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Library of Love”, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, USA

“Another Gesture”, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

“Displacement”, Jacaranda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

2016
“Procession”, Michael Foley Gallery, New York, USA

“O Muro: Rever O Rumo”, Central Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
 

2015
“Coleções 10”, Luisa Strina Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
 

2014
"Group Show", Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, USA

Foam Talent 2014 Exhibition, L’Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, France

“Eat The Food, Not Its Name”, Clemente Soto Velez Center, New York, USA
 

2013
“Constructions for Nowhere”, Mercedes Viegas Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

2012
MACAA Members Juried Exhibition, Michigan, USA
 

2009
“Some Place Like Home”, Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York, USA

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES 

2018
Caixa Cultural Open Call, São Paulo, Brazil
 

2017
AnnexB Residency, Brooklyn, USA
Tappan Atelier Residency, Los Angeles, USA
 

2016
Displacement Project Open Call, London

Residency Unlimited Finalist, Brooklyn, USA
 

2014
Foam Talent Prize, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jardim do Hermes Residency, São Paulo, Brazil
 

2013
Barracão Maravilha Residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

2012
SVA Summer Residency, New York

CCNY Annual Juried Competition (Honorable Mention), New York, USA

Mid-America College Art Association Open Call, Michigan, USA
 

2009
PS122 Prize, New York, USA

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2019
SPRING/BREAK, New York, USA 
 

2018
“Le Goût de l’Iode”, Air France, France
“Ocean Line”, Hermès, France
 

2017
“Mental Object”, TAPPAN for PST LA/LA, Los Angeles, USA

“Palm Tree”, Unseen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Outsider”, ArtLima, Lima, Peru

“Another Time”, Red Bull Music Academy, Brazil
 

2014
"Unseen X Foam", Amsterdam, Netherlands

                  

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