Beto Shwafaty | Brazil

Visual artist and researcher. He holds a master’s degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy, 2009, and was a member of the Simon Starling group at the Städelschule, in Frankfurt, Germany, 2011. Shwafaty works with video, installation, objects, sculptures and printing. He does research on urban spaces and territories under dispute, in historical and visual narratives through which he strives to formally and conceptually connect political, social, and cultural issues. He operates at the boundary between documentary and fiction, drawing from a bevy of languages: from spatial and sculptural situations, design, and print material to research-based strategies. In his work, he produces devices capable of articulating the complexity of certain dynamics and issues relating to representation, validation, and negotiation within sociocultural structures. His works have been exhibited at Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2014); Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2013); 33rd Panorama de Arte Brasileira, at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Brazil, (2013); 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2013); X São Paulo Architecture Biennial (2013); Mythologies, Cité des Arts, Paris, France (2011); UTRECHT MANIFEST — Biennial of Social Design, Netherlands (2009); and other exhibitions. Beto Shwafaty lives and works in São Paulo. 

El Museo Imposible de las cosas vivas Departamento de Integración pan-continental (área de contacto triangular) | 2014, installation

The installation unfolds like a tangled discursive and visual web about the territorial and maritime dispute between Chile and Peru. Like an archaeological action, Shwafaty gathers images, documents and other items related to the conflict, while displaying openness to fictional strategies. Thus, through an artistic practice based on archive research and exploration processes, the artist takes history as a starting point from which he breaks down relationships built in the past and reflects about the present.

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