Laura Lima has put forth a body of work that defies standard categories such as performance, sculpture and painting. For instance, her drawings are ‘notes’, paintings are ‘architecture’ and collages are ‘footnotes’. In Lima’s production, the work is always ‘something else’, with a hint of enigma for the viewer to sense or solve.

Lima’s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, including Slight Agitation 4/4: Laura Lima, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2018); A Room and a Half, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2017) and The Naked Magician, Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (2015). Among her group exhibitions are Welcome to the Jungle, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2018); Past/Future/Present - Contemporary Brazilian Art, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (2017); Busan Biennale, South Korea (2016) and 11th Biennale de Lyon, France (2011). Her work can be found in the collections of the Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Modern Art Museum of São Paulo; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich and Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Lima was the recipient of the Bonnefanten Award for Contemporary Art, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands (2014) and the Marcantonio Vilaça Prize, Brazilian National Confederation of Industry, Brasilia (2006). She has participated in a residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2010).

Lima co-founded the gallery A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro (2003). She received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1991) and studied art at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro (1999).

Born in 1971 in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Lima currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 14

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