Ícaro Lira

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Fortaleza, Brazil, 1986 

Lives and works in Fortaleza-CE e São Paulo-SP, Brazil


For over the last five years, Lira has developed a work that measures the implications and developments of political and historical episodes inside Brazilian history through archaeological and fictional lenses. He studied Cinema and Video at Casa Amarela-UFC, Fortaleza, CE, Installation and Sound Editing, at Instituto de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ and at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, participated in the Programs Fundamentação e Aprofundamento.


To Lira, history is a living matter constantly crushed by the weight of official narratives, written by the most powerful. In search of counter-narratives, the artist collects objects, texts, images and fragments of places in social conflict. From these, he assembles small museums with materials from his research, which often encompasses sets of actions dispersed in exhibitions, books, workshops and field trips. Inside this practice, history is seen with a magnifying glass, and attention is given to what these events reveal about the past and might tell about the future.


Recent exhibition include solo projects at Galeria Jaqueline Martins - São Paulo,  Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade - São Paulo and Paço das Artes/USP - São Paulo. He recently took part in group exhibitions in institutions such as Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea - Milan, Festival SESC Videobrasil - São Paulo, Instituto Tomie Ohtake - São Paulo, Centre Photographie Genève, Switzerland and Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy.


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