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First solo US museum show for Paulo Nazarethback

Paulo Nazareth (Mendes Wood DM) exhibits 'Melee' at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami).

The artist will present a series of commissions that consider an alternative political history of Latin America, emphasizing its marginalized protagonists. Additionally, Nazareth will exhibit a series of works he has been developing in recent years. His drawings and photographs, “Blacks in the Pool", explore the history of discrimination against and segregation of Black bodies throughout the Americas, and in particular how these practices have often emerged around public swimming pools. The exhibition will include an installation that revisits Nazareth’s project "The Red Inside" (2018), which was first generated for Prospect New Orleans, and involved following the route of the Underground Railroad all the way to Canada and casting watermelons—sacred fruits in certain African contexts—using clay drawn from the Mississippi River.

Melee takes place from May 16th to October 6th, 2019.

About the artist

Paulo Nazareth’s performance and installation-based work often draw upon his joint African and indigenous heritage. His ongoing work Cadernos de Africa [Africa Notebooks] is presented as part of Journal: a five-year walk he began in 2013 from his home in a favela near Belo Horizonte, throughout Brazil and eventually northwards across the entirety of the African continent from Cape Town. His walk-performance represents a slow, real-time inquiry into his own experience and that of the individuals he encounters on the way, tracing a subtle matrix of connections that bridge not only people but communities and shared histories. His installations consist of an arrangement of collected ephemera and video works that document his journey. He engages with a number of subjects that are often related to race, ideology and the unequal distribution of development through his practice that is both interdisciplinary and participatory. Nazareth seeks to embody the idea of the artist as a connector, a decoder, and a philosopher.

Paulo Nazareth (Governador Valadares, 1977) lives and works throughout the world.
His most recent exhibitions include Paulo Nazareth, ICA Miami, Miami (2019); Faca Cega, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2018); Old Hope, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2017), Genocide in Americas, Meyer Riegger Gallery, Berlin (2015), Journal, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London (2014), Premium Bananas, MASP, Museum of Art São Paulo (2013).