Adriana Varejao


On Jan. 26, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo will present new work by Adriana Varejao. Much of the Brazilian artist’s work investigates the rich and complex history of her country. While living and working in Rio de Janeiro, the artist uses images of tiles, tattoos and porcelain, all imported to Brazil, and additionally references the body and medicine to point to a sense of cultural contamination. Within these works the effects of colonialism on Brazilian culture act as a metaphor for the modern world. Last year, the artist was featured in the exhibition with the ARS 06 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland, and participated in the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art in Liverpool, England. The image above is from an installation at the Cartier Foundation in Paris (2005), and a series of paintings titled “Sauna” was exhibited with the Victoria Miro Gallery in London (2004). In 2002, Takano Editora Grafica released a book titled “Adriana Varejao” that spans the artist’s career.