Yes, and I’m not alone. I am my people. I don’t know exactly how to speak about it, but there is the person — the individual — and then there is the collective — the people. Everything is both, together and separated. I can talk about this place, just as other people can talk about other things. So, yes, I share responsibility with my people: my parents, brothers, community, and ancestors.

– Paulo Nazareth

Old man born in the city of Borun Nak [Vale do Rio Doce] Minas Gerais, and living as a global nomad, Paulo Nazareth's work is often the result of precise and simple gestures, which bring about broader ramifications, raising awareness to press issues of immigration, racialization, globalization colonialism, and its effects in the production and consumption of art in his native Brazil and the Global South. While his work may manifest in video, photography, and found objects, his strongest medium may be cultivating relationships with people he encounters on the road — particularly those who must remain invisible due to their legal status or those who are repressed by governmental authorities. In certain aspects, Nazareth deliberately embodies the romantic ideal of the wandering artist in search of himself and universal truths, to unveil stereotyped assumptions about national identity, cultural history, and human value.

Paulo Nazareth (old man born in the city of Borun Nak [Vale do Rio Doce] Minas Gerais) lives and works throughout the world.

His solo exihibitions include ESCONJURO, Inhotim, Brumadinho (2024); En la casa de mi hermanoProyectos Ultravioleta, Ciudad Guatemala (2023); Paulo Nazareth, Archipelago, Hudson Valley (2022); BIRDMANStevenson, Amsterdam (2022); STROKEThe Power Plant, Toronto (2022); VuadoraPivô, São Paulo (2022); MeleeICA Miami, Miami (2019); Faca CegaMuseu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2018); The JournalInstitute for Contemporary Arts, London (2014); Premium BananasMASP, São Paulo (2012); News from Americas, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2012).
His work has been included in group exhibitions such as Chosen Memories, MoMA, New York (2023); BRASIL FUTURO: AS FORMAS DA DEMOCRACIAMuseu Nacional da República, Brasilia (2023); Histórias BrasileirasMASP, São Paulo (2022); Afro-Atlantic Histories, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (2022); 34th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo (2021); Beyond the Black AtlanticKunstverein Hannover, Hannover (2020); 22nd Sydney Biennial, Sydney (2020); EXTREME. NOMADS, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2018); The Lotus in Spite of the SwampProspect.4 Triennial, Nova Orleans (2017); Soft Power. Arte Brasil, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2016); Much wider than a lineSITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe (2016); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2016); 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015).
Selected Artworks
  • 34ª Bienal de São Paulo

    Paulo Nazareth Aug 2, 2023
  • 49 Medals, 2019

    Paulo Nazareth Aug 2, 2023

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Paulo Nazareth, sculpture garden, 2019. ICA Miami