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Darks Miranda

Switzerland | Visual Arts

Visual Arts

For her project «A Lazy Night in Vulcano Island Starting», Darks Miranda draws back on her previous research in science fiction films from the 20th Century. During the residency, the artist wishes to map certain Western and modern imaginary and narratives that were used to project and build worlds and societies from ideals related to development and exploration. This way of thinking eventually led to fictions and to the reinforcement of practices where the colonization of territories and the monstrification and destruction of the “other” were central. Her project is divided into two stages. Firstly, a research period, when Darks intends to dive into archival and footage material, mainly in Geneva, where a great part of Mary Shelley’s novel «Frankenstein» (one of the first sci-fi narratives ever) takes place. The beings depicted in those materials should serve as a model for the second part, in the studio, when the artist aims to produce sculptures that relate to the sci-fi universe, establishing a relation between image and thing in which their existences can contaminate each other.

Darks Miranda [BR] is an artist from Fortaleza who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. A lazy entity of darkness, Darks springs from the mute rubble of modernity, without ginga, and slides through the layers of sludge accumulated in concrete through the ages. She has participated in exhibitions in spaces such as A Gentil Carioca, Jaqueline Martins Gallery, Athena Gallery, CAMA, Venus Project, Sesc Pinheiros, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Paço Imperial, MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio, MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, CIAGJ – Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (Portugal), Filmhuis Cavia (Netherlands) and Tate Modern (UK). In 2019 she held her first solo exhibition, «mulher desfruta», at Galeria Cândido Portinari (RJ). In 2020 he made commissioned works for Instituto Moreira Salles and The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. In 2022 she participated in the FAAP Art Residency, in São Paulo, and opened her second solo exhibition, «A Dangerous Night on Vulcan’s Island», at Carpintaria (Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel), Rio de Janeiro.