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Alice Quaresma was born in Brazil in 1985 and she currently lives in New York. Alice has in her curriculum the PS122 Exhibition Prize (2009), Foam Talent Prize (2014), Caixa Cultural São Paulo Open Call (2018), Aperture Foundation Summer Open (2019) and Houston Center for Photography Annual Exhibition (2019). Alice had her first art institution solo exhibition in 2018 at Caixa Cultural (São Paulo, Brazil). Alice got her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2009 and she participates in exhibitions and residency programs in the USA, Europe and South America since 2006. Her work has been published at Foam magazine (Amsterdam), Extra Fotographie in Context (Antwerp), Edicola (Milan), Il Post (Italy), Lens Culture (worldwide), De Tijd (Brussels), Unseen (Amsterdam), Volkskrant (Amsterdam), Artspace (worldwide), IMA (Tokyo) and Serafina (São Paulo), to name a few. Alice has created special projects for brands like Hermès, Air France, Red Bull, Samsung, Première Vision, Unseen and Music from Memory.
Alice Quaresma has been experimenting with materials that allow her photographs to be sensorial and playful, pushing the boundaries of photography as a flat surface. She uses images from her personal photo archive to elaborate on the idea of displacement and identity. The painted lines over the images break the perfection of the camera and bring the beauty of the hand gesture to the foreground, the work questions photography’s rigid assertion of objectivity. The artist uses her fascination for the ocean as a symbol for journey and a place of discovery. Alice explores the ludic world of photography experimenting with the condition of a work in progress, bringing less rational qualities to her photographs. The Brazilian art movements: “Neo-Concrete” and the “Tropicalia” have been two consistent sources of inspiration on Alice’s practice. Works using geometry and sensorial qualities were a constant in these two art movements through performance, sculpture and and music. In Alice’s practice you will find her use of lines, forms and colors over photographs. A photograph is the artist departing point but never her final work. Combining a variety of materials, Alice creates unique photographs, objects, installations, murals and site specific work.
b. 1985 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lives and works in New York.
“Art allows me to experiment with the unknown, I am fascinated by things and places I don’t know, or have never been to. My artwork explores all the things that makes me feel vulnerable and allow me to find something new about life, society and myself.”
“My studio philosophy is just keep working, trying…experience the present, the process of making my work is the most enriching part of my day.” - Alice Quaresma
2012, History of Art Post Baccalaureate Studies, Columbia University, New York, USA
2009, Master of Fine Arts (With Distinction), Pratt Institute, New York, USA
2007, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
SELECTED SOLO/TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2018 “Horizonte”, curated by Fernanda Lopes, Caixa Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil
2018 “Coisas da Vida”, Casa Nova Art arte e Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil
2017 “Passage”, Pablo’s Birthday gallery, New York, NY, USA
2016 “Threaded” curated Keren Moscovitch, Flatiron Project Space, New York, USA
2015 “Beyond”, curated by Mario Gioia, Fauna Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
2013 “Roots”, curated by Raphael Fonseca, Barracão Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 “Two People and One Hundred Places”, curated by Guilherme Bueno, Mercedes Viegas Gallery, RJ
2010 “American Home”, PS122 Gallery, New York, USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 “Delirious Cities”, Aperture Foundation, curated by Matthew Leifheit, New York, USA
2019 “Profound Movement”, Houston Center for Photography, curated by Shane Lavalette, Texas, USA
2019, group show, curated by Julie Dumont, Felix Frachon, Brussels, Belgium