Dudu Quintanilha was born in Bauru, Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 1987. Works and resides in Sao Paulo.
He began his career as a self-taught artist and in 2004, he began teaching art and photography courses, clinics and seminars and working as an assistant for prestigious photographers. He attended the Visual Arts Program of the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA) for two years. He also participated in artistic residencies including Q21 at Museums Quartier, Vienna; the Red Bull Station, Sao Paolo; Casa das Caldeiras, Sao Paolo; the collective residence at Casa do Povo, Sao Paolo; and the LEA of the Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires.
In September 2015, he co-founded an organization with Anita Silvia de Mexa, which works with vulnerable populations in Sao Paolo by carrying out different activities with a wide range of artists. Since 2009, he is also part of the collective entitled Cooperativa Guatemalteca, developing ‘’agitation art’’ projects.
His individual exhibits include Passinho (2016, Dot Fifty One Gallery, Miami), Ingobernables (2015, Mite Galería, Buenos Aires) and Young at Heart (2014, Solo Projects from ARCO madrid, Madrid); as part of collective exhibits, his work has been shown in: Touch the Reality (2016, Kunstraum NÖ, Viena) and Tempo Forte (2016, Casa das Caldeiras, Sao Paolo). He also develops film projects with Daniel Favaretto, such as the short film Eu vou me piratear, screened in many international festivals and winner of the ISAT First Prize at Asterisco, the LGBT festival of Argentina.
Fantasía casi soneto después de una lectura de (dance)
May 17th – 19 to 22 hs.
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May 18th till June 2nd (Monday to Friday)
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On the one hand the bodies —children of immigrants, transvestites, homeless kids, gay people, “little black heads” —, and on the other, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Between the marginal-minority stereotypes and this text, that summarizes the majority world consensus, there is nothing; nothing emerges and nothing remains. But when forces begin to move and bodies become visible, nothingness becomes a sensitive fabric and the unknown begins to be felt.
In this work, Dudu Quintanilha intends to approach performers’ bodies, to circle them, sniff them, and fence them in. There is nothing specific that he wishes to know. He does not feel like or perhaps has given up on a will to question. He is blindly making his way and expects the same from others. Under these conditions, he requests, fosters, pushes, forces, seduces, and misleads to reveal aspects and possibilities even performers ignore about themselves. It is by interrupting usual codes that body, sound and language send signals from the darkest areas, making declarations and consensus speak in a different way.
Production: Departamento de Arte de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella with the support of Embajada de Brasil, Canta Brasil, Animal and the Ministerio de Cultura - Presidencia de la Nación.