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Berna Reale: Video Projections

September 29–October 15, 2017

September 29–October 15, 2017 

Dimensions Variable,
MDC Wolfson Campus

Berna Reale: Video Projections

Based in her native Belém, the capital and largest city of the northern Brazilian state of Pará, Berna Reale creates lush videos of striking performances that engage social realities and conflicts in contemporary Brazil. Her work focuses particularly on the dynamics of power and coercion, enacting absurd yet compelling situations that can be seen as allegories of capitalism, economic and gender inequality, and systems of state control and discipline. In Rosa Púrpura (Purple Rose, 2014), for instance, a marching band follows a group of fifty women in hot-pink Catholic schoolgirl uniforms, stepping in formation through city streets; their mouths are modified by prosthetics to resemble those of inflatable sex dolls. Reale’s actions, some carried out at considerable personal risk, grippingly dramatize conditions of injustice and violence. While her performances directly address local circumstances, they resonate globally.

Born in Belém in 1965, Berna Reale studied Art at the Federal University of Pará. In 2010 she began a second career as a forensic specialist at the Forensics Center of the State of Pará, and her firsthand experiences with violence, crime, corruption, and the criminal justice system have greatly influenced her provocative installations, performances, and videos. Her work has been exhibited widely in Brazil and in Europe, including at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at the Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City in 2016. The exhibition at Dimensions Variable marks only her second show in the United States and includes the North American premiere of many of her works.

Berna Reale: Video Projections is part of Living Together, curated by Rina Carvajal, MOAD’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, and independent curator Joseph R. Wolin. Living Together is made possible by the generous support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.