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Old man born in the city of Borun Nak [Vale do Rio Doce] Minas Gerais, and living as a global nomad, Paulo Nazareth’s work is often the result of precise and simple gestures, which bring about broader ramifications, raising awareness to press issues of immigration, racialization, globalization colonialism, and its effects in the production and consumption of art in his native Brazil and the Global South. While his work may manifest in video, photography, and found objects, his strongest medium may be cultivating relationships with people he encounters on the road — particularly those who must remain invisible due to their legal status or those who are repressed by governmental authorities. In certain aspects, Nazareth deliberately embodies the romantic ideal of the wandering artist in search of himself and universal truths, to unveil stereotyped assumptions about national identity, cultural history, and human value.

Paulo Nazareth (old man born in the city of Borun Nak [Vale do Rio Doce] Minas Gerais) lives and works throughout the world.

His most recent exhibitions include STROKE, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2022); VUADORA, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil (2022); Paulo Nazareth, ICA Miami, Miami, USA (2019); Faca Cega, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2018); Journal, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2014), Premium Bananas, MASP, São Paulo, Brazil (2013). Recent group exhibitions include BRASIL FUTURO: AS FORMAS DA DEMOCRACIA, Museu Nacional da República, Brasilia, Brazil (2023); Histórias Brasileiras, MASP, São Paulo, Brazil (2022); ; Afro-Atlantic Histories, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA (2022); 34ª Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Beyond the Black Atlantic, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany (2020); 22nd Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia (2020); EXTREME. NOMADS, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2018); The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect.4 Triennial, New Orleans, USA (2017); Soft Power Arte Brasil, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2016); Much wider than a line, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA (2016); New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: Brazilian Artists, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA (2016); Indigenous Voices, Latin American Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015).

Studies in Linguistics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
BFA, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
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