Paul Setúbal (Brazil) explores the body, considering it an important structure for discussions that permeate situations of conflict, either as a way of experiencing and testing its physical limits, or as a way of translating power relations. His research is based on different types of media such as sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, video, photography and performance, addressing the problems and symbologies of the body in contemporary society: its use, control, violence, resistance, abuse and power relationships.

During his residency Paul will focus on the body’s behaviour in society, the city and different mechanisms of control.

Solo exhibitions include: Corpo Fechado (Closed Body), C Galeria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2018); Dano e Excesso (Damage and Excess), Galeria Andrea Rehder, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Aviso de Incêndio (Fire Warning), Elefante Centro Cultural, Brasilia, Brazil (2015).

His work has been included in group exhibitions at: Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; Museu de Arte do Rio; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania; HOME, Manchester; Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo.

Paul’s work is part of the collections of Museu de Arte do Rio, Museu de Arte de Brasília, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Goiás and Casa do Olhar Luiz Sacilotto. He is a member of the performance collective Grupo EmpreZa. Paul holds a PhD in Art and Visual Culture from the Federal University of Goiás.

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