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Elen Braga

Oct 2016 to Dec 2016
1984 ° Caixas, Brazilië, woont en werkt in São Paulo.

°1984, Caixas, Brazil, lives and works in Sao Paulo and Brussels

During a residency of three months Elen Braga discovers new ideas for a performance in public space. During the last couple of years Elen Braga worked on the performance series named 'Os 12 trabalhos' (the twelve labours), inspired on the Greek myth of Odysseus. In these performances Elen Braga creates situations in which her body is being challenged by nature forces, like wind and gravity. Conceived, recorded and presented with video, photographs, objects and diagrams Elen Braga focuses on the useles and absurd character of these actions, who test the endurance of her own body to the limit. As a research to this project she worked with a collection of images and information about sports fighting, athletics, fitness etc. Os 12 trabalhos show the way the body goes through to become as strong as Hercules.

Elen Braga was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Em suas marcas (on your marks), SESI São José Dos Campos, São Paulo, 2016; Sala de Exercícios (Exercise Room), OMA Galeria, São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, 2015; Músculo (muscle), Museu de Arte Goiânia, Goiânia, GO, 2014. Her works were also shown in the following group exhibitions (a slection): Nós entre os extremos (Our place between the extremes), Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, 2015; Festival Internacional de Arte Independiente INCUBARTE 7/ MUVIM, Museu Valencià, de la Illistracio i la Modernitat, Valencia, 2015; PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS 2014 Art Festival – 5th edition, Videotage, Hong Kong and Orkney, 2015; Samples: Festival Internacional de Video – Mexico TELQUINESIS – 5a ed., Museo Universitatorio Leopoldo Flores, Mexico, 2015; Situações Brisilia 2014, Premio de Arte Contemporanea do DF, Museu Nacional da Republica, Brasilia, 2014; 17a Bienal de Cerveira, Villa Nova de Cerveira, 2013.