Ícaro Lira (Brazil) is a visual artist and researcher whose work focuses on contested acts of Brazilian history through an approach that encompasses fiction, documentary, archival and archeological work. His exhibitions present structures that recall ‘museums’, reuniting forgotten fragments to produce an affective composition: objects both common and distinct, sets of actions, the whole scattered in texts, debates, walks etc.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, Ícaro will develop his current project (Foreign Museum) as part of an on-going research enquiry, seeking to call attention to the connections and migration processes between the United Kingdom and Brazil from the colonial period to the present day.

Icaro’s studies include film and video at the Casa Amarela in Fortaleza, Brazil, Visual Arts at the School of Visual Arts at Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, and film and sound editing at Darcy Ribeiro Film Institute, also in Rio de Janeiro. He recently participated in PIMASP – the Independent Program of the Art Museum of São Paulo (MASP). In 2013, Ícaro received the IPHAN Award for Art and Heritage, from the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute. He has participated in the 3rd Bienal da Bahia (2014), Rumos Itaú Cultural (2016), and the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (2017).

Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo; Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade, São Paulo; and Paço das Artes, São Paulo. He has recently taken part in group exhibitions in institutions including Institute Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma; Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and XIV Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta. Regarding residencies, Ícaro has participated in programmes at CAPACETE, Rio de Janeiro; Sacatar Foundation, Bahia; La Ene, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Des mycetes et des algues, Spain; and Associazione Culturale M.T. Alves e Jimmie Durham, Italy.

With support from

Moraes-Barbosa Collection

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