Lenora de Barros

Born 1953
Hometown São Paulo, Brazil
Lives and Works São Paulo and New York
BA Linguistics, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain

Daros Latinamerica, Switzerland and Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil

Broadway 1602, New York, NY

Galeria Milan, São Paulo, Brazil

Lenora de Barros, whose work explores language from diverse, unexpected angles—video, performance, photography, installation, and sound art—earned a degree in linguistics from the University of São Paulo before establishing her artistic practice during the 1970s, a moment of widespread experimentation among Brazilian artists. De Barros is the daughter of Geraldo de Barros, a pioneer of Concrete Art, and starting out as a poet, her early work took cues from concrete poetry, in which words are precisely arranged in typographic designs. Throughout the course of her career, de Barros has remained committed to exploring the potentiality of language. In 1983, for example, she published Onde Se Vê (Where One Sees), an artist book featuring both concrete poetry and photo sequences, the latter being a tactic that marked her turn to a more visual exploration of linguistic themes. Since then, de Barros's work has evolved to a focus on the sonority of words, particularly through voice performances.

De Barros was born in 1953 in São Paulo. Her work has been shown globally including at institutions such as the Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paulo, the Casa Daros Latinoamerica in Rio de Janeiro, and the Musée Ariana in Geneva, as well as the 11th Lyon Biennial.

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