As a guest of the Diaspora • literature & arts • magazine, Camila Alcântara will be represented as the artist in the first edition of the social gathering Beyond Bananas and Samba, on 16th November 2019.
This exhibition will sum up the spirit of the connection between Brazil and Ireland, bringing a little of Brazilian art to Dublin.
In her collections, some of her inspirations are the feminine, blackness and rainforest.
Her first contact with Collage was in her childhood, in arts education classes and later in her teens, when she created covers for her notebooks, using collages from various universes, creating unusual images and figures only for fun.
She went to university to study Nutrition but did not identify herself as Nutritionist, so left the college and began taking courses in the area of fashion focused on Style and Production. During this period, she worked at Casa de Criadores (in São Paulo), also worked for clothing brands, cosmetics, automobiles as a stylist, Fashion Producer and Executive Producer.
Always interested in the history of art, Camila is always seeking knowledge through courses, books and exchanges with other artists. In 2017, she started to use the collage technique again and then continues to refine and improve her methods. Today, her art is 100% analog.
Beyond artist, Camila is also a curator and she believes that art has the power to transform and reframe everything that exists.
Recently, her work was exhibited at the Exhibition “Contemporary Colagists” in Rio de Janeiro, along with other artists and solo exhibition at Coworking Moika Anticafé in São Paulo.
Being black and female, she looks at narratives about race and gender using art to question and portray the surrounding society.
“My creative process goes through historical research, but it also goes through inspiration. As the narratives they present are almost always in the feminine and blackness, the general way my experience ends up being a guide. In my arts, you can often see black people being portrayed, especially women.
An untitled work, Indigenous with a phrase on its face, concerns the period of burning in the Amazon Rainforest, but it can go further as the phrase written in the art invites us to discover new things. I usually leave my works untitled so that there is no induction in the viewer’s interpretation.”
Follow her arts on Instagram: @ camilaalcantara.art