Current exhibitions

Rosana Paulino: The Sewing of Memory

MAR will present from April 13, 2019 through August 25, 2019 the exhibition Rosana Paulino: The Sewing of Memory. Curated by Valéria Piccoli and Pedro Nery, this is the largest individual exhibit of Paulino’s work in the country. Renowned for tackling social issues arising from the position black women occupy in contemporary society, the artist will present over 140 works she produced over the course of twenty-five years. 

Going back to her own personal story, Paulino saw that the problem with the way blacks are represented translates to their almost complete absence from a wide range of activities and history, especially when it comes to visual arts, in Brazil. Beginning as an artist in the 1990s, Paulino quickly distinguished herself, having found a unique voice among her contemporaries with her bright takes on social, ethnicity, and gender issues, all troubling in the context of the Brazilian society. 

Paulino’s output has addressed situations arising from racism and the stigmas left from slavery that still surround black women in Brazilian society, and the many types of violence they are subject to. To do this, the artist makes use of several different techniques—installations, engravings, drawings, sculptures etc.—to put to question the (fallacious) assertions perpetuated by the colonialist perspective of racial democracy in Brazil. Such assertions eventually ended up biasing the scientific and biological knowledge of the peoples and natures of the tropics and contaminating religious narratives until they reached a domestic realm, serving as the rationale used to legitimize the suppression of African men and women’s identities in Brazil.


Born 1967, in Sao Paulo, Paulino is a Doctor of Visual Arts from the School of Communication and Art at the University of Sao Paulo – Eca/USP, is a Printmaking Specialist from London Print Studio, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Printmaking from Eca/USP. She was a Ford Foundation fellow from 2006-2008 and a Capes fellow from 2008-2011. In 2014, she was granted residency at the Bellagio Center, of the Rockefeller Foundation, in Bellagio, Italy, and in 2017 won the  Bravo and ABCA – Brazilian Association of Art Critics awards in the Contemporary Art category. 

Her art is on display at major museums such as MAM – Modern Art Museum of Sao Paulo; UNM - University of New Mexico Art Museum, New Mexico, USA, and the African-Brazilian Museum, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

She has been a constant presence in exhibitions both in Brazil and around the world, including her own’s Atlântico Vermelho, at Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in Lisbon, Portugal (2017), and Mulheres Negras – Obscure Beauté du Brésil, at Espace Cultural Fort Grifoon à Besançon, France (2014); along with the collective exhibitions: South-South: Let me Begin Again. Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); Territórios: Artistas Afrodescendentes no Acervo da Pinacoteca, Pinacoteca of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015); Incorporations. Europália 2011, La Centrale Eletrique, Brussels, Belgium; Roots and more: the journey of the spirits. Afrika Museum, the Netherlands (2009); IV Bienal do Mercosul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Côte à Côte - Art Contemporain du Brasil - Capcmusée d´Art Contemporain – Bordeaux, France.