Exchanging Secrets

diambe da silva
01.09.2021 - 30.09.2021

Exchanging Secrets, RCT (2019-2021) is a work in process by Diambe da Silva, artist invited to occupy Despina’s studio during the month of September alongside artist Sabine Passareli. Key engravings and movable fabric structures create a temporary space in favor of mystery. The work will later be assembled at Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), in the artist’s first solo show.

“Exchanging secrets is a scenario created with things that I’ve gathered since 2019 in a journey through several homes”, explains the artist. Fabrics, cutouts, silkscreen prints, keys and other elements make up a fluid mobile that contains much of the artist’s trajectory and experiences.

This is the third time that Diambe has participated in Despina’s initiatives. Visits by appointment only, directly with the artist.

Daniela Vasconcellos

Daniela Vasconcellos

Formada em economia, psicopedagogia e arte educação com pós graduação em Filosofia pela PUC-RJ, trabalha com artes visuais desde 2017.

Fez acompanhamento de projeto com Denise Cathilina na EVA Parque Lage e na Escola sem Sítio com Marcelo Campos, Cadu e Pollyana Quintella.

Utiliza o macramê (técnica de tecelagem) com diferentes materiais, mas principalmente com a fotografia, que possui um papel importante como coadjuvante de todo processo.

Seu interesse recai sobre a memória e o sentido das relações do indivíduo com sua própria história e com o mundo em um diálogo sem fim.

Instagram: @danigv

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Luiz Arthur Bittencourt Ribeiro

Luiz Arthur Bittencourt Ribeiro

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, RJ.

Arthur works with painting since 2011 and is currently an undergraduate Art History student  at UERJ – Rio de Janeiro State University.

He thinks of painting as an immediate form of “deceleration of the look”. His work takes place by exploring the possibilities of the touch within the materiality of painting.

He participated in the Atlantic Center for Arts Residency with Suzanne Mclelland, in 2014 and with Joan Snyder, in 2016.


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Carol Medeiros

Carol Medeiros

Born in Niterói, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Graduated in Cinema / Social Communications from UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense), she has been working with costume design for films since 2004.

Medeiros develops her work through embroidery and various textile supports, in a relation with words and symbols. She uses the thread as a materiality of connection and as a poetic instrument, exploring relations between the self and the other. The artist addresses the gender issue in her works, especially in the manual and embroidery practices, easily associated with the feminine gender.

She creates and makes shirts for By Wire, her brand of hand-embroidered shirts. She also composes, sings and plays keyboards and synthesizers in the projects Palato and Elemento Estranho and produces the event of improvisation and musical experimentation O Ruído (The Noise).

Collective exhibitions she has participated: Dissecada (2018, Marques 456 Gallery); Fio, Corpo, Terra (2017, Saracura Space); Ateliê Aberto – Sentidos do Fio (2017, Oriente Gallery); Abraço Coletivo (2017, Saracura Space).

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Sarah Knill-Jones

Sarah Knill-Jones

Born in London (UK), holds a BA from Glasgow School of Art and an MA in Fine Art from the University of the Arts London.

Notable solo exhibitions include “Dis-Appearing Woman” at Baku MoMa in 2015; “Perceptions at the Centre for Contemporary Art”, Baku (2010). Group exhibitions include “This Year’s Model”, Studio 1.1, London (2017); “Editions”, Tripp Gallery, London (2016); “Threadneedle Exhibition”, Mall Galleries, London (2013); “Caspiy”, Caspian Biennale Convention, Centre of Contemporary Art, Baku (2012); “WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction”, MiM Centre of Contemporary Art, Baku (2011).

Knill-Jones’ practice consists of diverse threads anchored in the exploration of paint as a relevant medium in our increasingly technological world. While paint is at the core of her practice, other medium contribute to it. She considers her works as unpredictable experiments which hover between the ethereal and the concrete, with which she frequently brings to question the value of the original through processes of copying, unpicking, un-doing.

The political context of Azerbaijan, where she lived for five years, had a significant impact on the development of her work, reflected in her project “Dis-Appearing Woman”. The impact of her current choice of location in Brazil remains to be seen.

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Email: sknill-jones@live.fr
Instagram: houdojnik

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Laura Lydia

Laura Lydia

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, RJ. With a degree in Fine Arts from Unicamp (2003) and a pHd from Centro Cultural Mariantônia (2010), Lydia develops her works through drawing, engraving, photography and urban interventions, choosing the relationship between the city and the natural space as the main motif of her investigation. She also works as a visual arts teacher and illustrator.

Among the exhibitions she participated, we highlight the solo show “(R)Existências”, at Galeria Luis M. (São Paulo, 2016) e the collective shows “Paisagem Grão de Areia”, at Memorial Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (2018); “Às vezes é melhor fazer uma sopa”, at Espaço Saracura, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (2016) and “[O Desenho que Está] Insistente Novamente”, at Centro Cultural Ordováz Filho, Caxias do Sul, RS (2017).

She participated in several art salons, among which the 17th Salão Nacional de Arte de Jataí – GO, the 25th Salão de Praia Grande (2018) and the SAC Piracicaba (2016, 2017 and 2018), the latter she received the “Portfolio Reading” award. In 2017,  she participated in the meeting of anthropology ReACT, at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), with an exhibition and a drawing workshop. Also participated in the Integrated Arts Project (ProAC) “Riotietê and other drifts”, as a guest artist. Between 2015 and 2018, the artists worked for SESC-SP, leading workshops and developing interventions related to her project “Herbs SP – Occupation | Elevado Costa e Silva “, which received in 2014 the Funarte Women in Arts Award.

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Website: lauralyda.com/ervassp.com


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Pablo Ferretti

Pablo Ferretti

Born in Porto Alegre, RS. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro,RJ. Graduated in Painting from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS (2001), with a Masters Degree in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, England (2006-08).

His painting research deals with issues of accumulation and suspension, control and impermanence.

In 2008, he won an annual scholarship for the development of work by Ridley Scott Associates, RSA Films Artist in Residence. Artist highlighted in 2012 at the VI Açorianos Arts Prize, in Porto Alegre, RS. In 2014, he is a nominated artist for the Professional Art Investor Award – PIPA.

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Website: https://cargocollective.com/pabloferretti
Instagram  @pbferretti

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