Denilson Baniwa, whose work is on view in Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil, discusses his artistic practice, which centers Indigenous perspectives and histories of colonial expansion within Brazil.
Denilson Baniwa (b. 1984, Rio Negro, Brazil) lives and works in Niterói, Brazil. He has had solo exhibitions at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro (2022); Centro Cultural São Paulo (2019); Museu do Índio, Rio de Janeiro (2019); and Galeria de Arte UFF, Niterói (2019). His work has also been included in group exhibitions at The Getty Center, Los Angeles (2022); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2021); Museu de Língua Portuguesa, São Paulo (2021); Kixpatla, Mexico City (2021); Pivô, São Paulo (2021); Frestas - Trienal de Artes, Sorocaba (2020/21); ONCA, Brighton (2020); Sesc Santana, São Paulo (2020); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2020); Museu de Arte de São Paulo (2020); Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana (2020); Sydney Biennial (2020); and Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo (2020); among others. In 2019 he won the PIPA Award in the online category and in 2021 he was selected by jury for the PIPA Award. He was in residence at Corpus Urbis in Oiapoque, Brazil in 2018.
Organized by the Visual Arts Center, with support from the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS), Humanities Institute through the Viola S. Hoffman and George W. Hoffman Lectureship in Liberal Arts and Fine Arts, the Native American and Indigenous Studies program, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and Texas Global.