Shai Andrade “Marujada #5”, 2013. 84 × 120 cm, impressão sobre papel de algodão Hahnemuhle Photorag 308 gr.

Artists to follow in their debut at the SP–Foto Viewing Room

Felipe Molitor
24 Nov 2020, 6:40 am

The SP–Foto Viewing Room, like its physical counterpart, embraces all types of artistic expression that use photography as a medium, understanding the plurality of techniques and concepts that expand the field. Whether historic works by established artists or bets by rising artists, the platform is ideal for understanding the versatility and power of photography.

Here we present some of the artists who, regardless of their career status, participate for the first time in SP-Foto and you should keep an eye on. Check them out and find out more about their artistic research:

Above: Shai Andrade "Marujada #5", 2013. 84 × 120 cm, printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308 gr.

Renan Benedito “Sonhos traçados”, 2018. 50 × 75 cm, fotografia

Renan Benedito “Sonhos traçados”, 2018. 50 × 75 cm, photography

Renan Benedito
Paulo Darzé Galeria

Only 23 years old, Salvador-born photographer Renan Benedito is one of the bets of the SP–Foto Viewing Room. Self-taught, his entry into the profession took place at sixteen, in an event at the church he attended and with a cell phone only. Then, with a professional camera belonging to his father, he began recording the beauty of Cidade Baixa, his region of the city, with special attention to the neighborhoods of Ribeira and Santa Luzia do Lobato, where he has lived since birth.

Gretta Sarfaty “Trabalhos do corpo VII”, 1977. 35 × 108 × 4 cm, gelatina de prata sobre tela

Gretta Sarfaty “Trabalhos do corpo VII”, 1977. 35 × 108 × 4 cm, silver gelatin on canvas

Gretta Sarfaty
Central Galeria

Gretta Sarfaty, also known as “Gretta Grzywacz” or “Greta Sarfaty Marchant”, is a Greek-Brazilian multimedia artist whose production has yet to be discovered and properly studied. During the 1970s, the artist gained international recognition for her artistic works related to body art and feminism. Her works usually begin as an intuitive self-fictional exercise, in which the female body is deformed and questioned, becoming insubordinate and subversive.

Shai Andrade “Marujada #5”, 2013. 84 × 120 cm, impressão sobre papel de algodão Hahnemuhle Photorag 308 gr.

Shai Andrade “Marujada #5”, 2013. 84 × 120 cm, print on Hahnemuhle Photorag cotton paper 308 gr.

Shai Andrade
Verve Galeria
01.01 Art Platform

There are two opportunities in the SP–Foto Viewing Room to get to know the work of artist Shai Andrade, from Bahia, who debuts at 01.01 Art Platform and at Verve Galeria. For ten years she has been moving between the fields of photography, cinema and the visual arts. She photographed and co-directed “Sacrifice Ritual: The Initiation”, a film by the artist and curator Ana Beatriz Almeida. In her presented works, Andrade makes a visual reflection that transits between the spiritual and material fields of body and life.

Shinji Nagabe “Menino com cabeça prateada”, da série “Imersão” 2017. 60 × 40 cm, pigmento mineral sobre papel algodão

Shinji Nagabe “Menino com cabeça prateada”, from the series “Imersão” 2017. 60 × 40 cm, mineral pigment on cotton paper

Shinji Nagabe
Galeria da Gávea

Born in a small town in Paraná, Shinji Nagabe is a Nissei (Brazilian of Japanese descent) who settled in Paris to dedicate himself to an international career as a photographer. His multicultural heritage is the basis of his work, where he seeks to explore issues of identity and costume. A trained journalist, Nagabe usually dwells on the history of the territory and the people portrayed in each series, always adding some fantastic element or hiding their faces in some way.

Gabriela Noujaim “Aonde fui e não pude estar 2020 #02”, 2020. 25 × 60 cm, impressão pigmentada sobre papel algodão

Gabriela Noujaim “Aonde fui e não pude estar 2020 #02”, 2020. 25 × 60 cm, pigmented print on cotton paper

Gabriela Noujaim
Galeria Simone Cadinelli

Photographic art also finds its poetic and conceptual place in the production of Gabriela Noujaim. Although the artist uses various creative media, issues on reproducibility, technique and temporality gain strength when manipulating photography. Themes such as the violation of bodies, political crises and environmental disasters are part of her repertoire and research.

Eustáquio Neves "Sem título", da série “Objetilização do Corpo” 1999. 160 × 110 cm, técnica mista

Eustáquio Neves "No title", from the series “Objetilização do Corpo” 1999. 160 × 110 cm, mixed media

Eustáquio Neves
Projeto Vênus

Eustáquio Neves is a self-taught photographer and video artist who lives in Diamantina, Minas Gerais. In the 1980s, after graduating in chemistry and while working at a mining company in Goiás, he began to dedicate himself to the creation of alternative photographic techniques, manipulating negatives and copies, testing mixes, overlays and textures. Afro-descendant identity and memory, regarding his personal history passed down by his grandfather or specifically in Brazilian history, are themes that cross his work, which is internationally recognized.

Felipe Morozini “#1”, da série “Eu serei outro lugar” 2020. 25 × 60 cm, impressão mineral sobre papel algodão

Felipe Morozini “#1”, from the series “Eu serei outro lugar” 2020. 25 × 60 cm, mineral printing on cotton paper

Felipe Morozini
Bianca Boeckel Galeria

Those who stroll through Parque Minhocão in São Paulo (or drive by during the week) already know the iconic creative phrases of multi-artist Felipe Morozini, which cover the sides of some of the buildings. Moving through scenography, fashion photography, design and the visual arts, the artist seeks to extract emotional records and poetry from the concrete jungle. Three photographic series from different phases of Morozini’s artistic journey are presented at the SP–Foto Viewing Room.

Moara Brasil “Mãe Lua”, da série “Mirasawá” 2020. 42 × 59 cm, colagem

Moara Brasil “Mãe Lua”, from the series “Mirasawá” 2020. 42 × 59 cm, collage

Moara Brasil
Nacional TROVOA

Moara Tupinambá is an artivist (artist and activist), born in Mairi Tupinambá. Her ancestors are native Tapajowaras, from the community of Cucurunã and Boim, in the Amazon region. Based in São Paulo, she is an artist who works with drawing, painting, collages, installations, video interviews, photographs, literature and performances. Her poetics covers cartographies of memory, identity, ancestry, indigenous resistance and anti-colonial thinking.


Felipe Molitor is a journalist and art critic, part of the editorial team at SP–Arte.

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