The Power Plant

Paulo Nazareth


Courtesy Paulo Nazareth, Isabella Matheus and Pinacoteca de São Paulo

Paulo Nazareth (born in Borun Nak [Vale do Rio Doce], Minas Gerais) lives and works in Palmital (Belo Horizonte) and throughout the world. His most recent institutional solo exhibitions include those at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2019); Pampulha Art Museum, Belo Horizonte (2018); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2014); and Museu de arte de São Paulo (2013). Recent group exhibitions include those at the 34th São Paulo Biennial (2021); Kunstverein Hannover (2020); 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020); MO Museum, Vilnius (2019); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2018); MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2018); Prospect.4 Triennial, New Orleans (2017); Remai Modern, Saskatoon (2017); Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2016); SITE Santa Fe (2016); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2016); and 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Paulo Nazareth travels on foot throughout the Americas and the African continent, cultivating relationships with the people he encounters. These journeys, which begin from Palmital in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where he lives and works, are foundational to his artmaking. He draws on the complex identity of Brazil, and specifically of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, which are both marked by the legacies of colonialism and slavery, as well as the continuing exploitation of racialized peoples and the appropriation of their lands.