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The Body Never Exists in Itself - First Experimentation


Residentie 17/9 >30/9/2018

Showing 29/09 – Saturday 18h

Amongst previously and unpublished works, such as the materialization of a residency process at ZSenne Art Laboratory, the Brazilian artist Tales Frey will present a set of works generated from the impossibility of the body to exist as a unique meaning, relating its own body to other bodies and objects. Through the performance art and its documentation, the artist approaches other artistic expressions such as dance and sculpture.

Tales Frey (Brazil, 1982)lives and works between Brazil and Portugal. He produces works supported by visual and scenic arts. At this time, he is developing a research in his Post-Doctorate course at the CEHUM – University of Minho.He got a Doctorate degree in Theatre and PerformanceStudies at theUniversity of Coimbra in Portugal and BA degree in Theatre Directionat the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He also did a specialization in Contemporary Artistic Practicesand a MA degree in Art Theory and Criticismat the University of Porto. 

Some of his works belongs in diverse art collections: Serralves Museum in Portugal, Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi – MAC Niterói, Museum of Contemporary Art of Sao Paulo – MAC-USP, Biennial Foundation of Cerveira in Portugal,Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura de Puebla in Mexico and Pinacoteca João Nasser of Catanduva in São Paulo State, Brazil. 
Received the Acquisition Premium Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira in the XIX International Biennial of Art Cerveira (2017) and Honorable Mention in the 2nd Gaia International Biennial of Art 2017. Also, he got an award as “Best New Artist” in 18º Salão Contemporâneo in Salão de Artes Plásticas de Catanduva (annual event from São Paulo state). In 2006, he got an award of “Best Costume” in Aldeia FIT (Festival of Theatre from Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil).
He showed works in the dissimilar contexts:Fjúk Arts Centre in Húsavík in Iceland;tpa Exchange at the Galleria Moitre in Turin; Kuala Lumpur 7th Triennial - Barricade; The Biennial 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF6); The Kichen in New York at the launch of the Emergency Index Vol.1; Performance Platform Lublin at Galeria Labirynt in Poland; Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival  at Defibrillator Gallery in Chicago; Athens Museum Of Queer Arts (AMOQA) in Athens; Teatro Municipal Rivoli in Oporto; Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro; MIRADA Festival at SESC Santos in Brazil; Funarte in São Paulo; Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro; among others.


Artist statement

The body is the pivotal concern in my artistic conceptions. I do not focus only on the logos. I seek to validate the figuraldiscourse through the blending of artistic languages, bringing up my particular instincts that flourish through a spontaneous manifestation or, on the other hand, through conscious decision making. The body is the main agent in my creative production, both emerging either from its most logical materiality or the unreal universe that comes from an unconscious state. 

My microcosm's voice is Art. Within the need of communicating with the macrocosm, I make art and live art.
Life and art blend in my work, a blend that very often explores queerpolitics to generate critical thinking against power relationships that control or disciplines, power relationships that are usually protected by normative regimes.