Noara Quintana (Brazil/USA) is an artist whose practice focuses on the materiality of everyday objects and their intersection with the histories of the Global South. Through installation and sculpture, her work gestures towards traces of exchange, architectural forms and narratives that contest the colonial imaginary.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Noara will develop Evenings of Water, a research project which links the rubber trade, London’s Crystal Palace, and British Art Nouveau via the Amazonian plants Vitoria Régia, the Giant Water Lily, and Hevea brasiliensis, the Brazilian rubber tree. Proposing a counter-colonial historiography, the project considers the influence of tropical botanical motifs in British architecture, the Arts and Crafts movement, and industrialised design.

Noara holds an MA in Visual Arts from São Paulo State University. Recent exhibitions include Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2022), Museu de Arte de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (2022), Pivô + KADIST, São Paulo (2022), Frestas Triennial, Sorocaba (2021), and SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2021). Noara was a recent artist-in-residence at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, Pivô Art and Research, São Paulo, and a 2020 Institut Français Lauréate of the Cité Internationale des Arts.

Noara (b. 1986, Brazil) lives and works between Florianópolis, Brazil and Los Angeles, USA.


Instituto Inclusartiz


Winter 2023




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