Celina Portella – São Paulo
The work of Celina Portella permeates the universe of the plastic arts and dance. This artist establishes dialogs among architecture, cinema, performance and finally sculpture, characterizing her research in the fields of representation of the body and its relationship with space. Frequently using her own body as a subject for experiments, Celina blends almost craft-like practices in videos, photographs or photo-objects that challenge the characteristics of each support and the perceptions of the observer.
She has been nominated for prizes such as the Bolsa ICCO/SP-Arte 2016; Prêmio de Aquisição EFG Bank & Art-Nexus, at SP-Arte (2015) and the Prêmio Pipa (2013 and 2017). She was awarded prizes at the XX Bienal Internacional de Artes Visuales de Santa Cruz in Bolivia (2016), and the II Concurso de Videoarte da Fundaj in Recife (2008).
She was awarded fellowships under the following Programs: Programa de Estímulo à Criação, Experimentação e Pesquisa Artística SEC + Faperj (2016); the I Programa de Fomento à Cultura Carioca em Artes Visuais (2013); the Bolsa de Apoio à Pesquisa e Criação Artística by the State Culture Bureau (2012), and the Núcleo de Arte e Tecnologia da EAV Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro (2010).
She completed artistic residencies at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Center International d’Accueil et d’Échanges des Récollets in Paris; the LABMIS at the Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo; and the Galeria Kiosko in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia, among others.
She has implemented projects and displayed her works at many institutions and galleries in Brazil and abroad, including: SESC São Paulo, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, EAV Parque Lage, Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, MAC Santiago de Chile, Uj Art Gallery, Galeria Inox, Zipper Galeria, Galeria Kiosko, A Gentil Carioca. Noteworthy among the group shows in which she has participated: Frestas Trienal de Artes at SESC Sorocaba, São Paulo (2017); the III Mostra do Programa de Exposições Centro Cultural São Paulo (2012) and the Nova Arte Nova exhibition at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (2009). As a dancer and co-creator, she has worked with choreographers Lia Rodrigues e João Saldanha.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Celina currently lives in São Paulo. She studied design at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro and graduated in plastic arts from the Université Paris VIII.