TRACES is the first solo exhibition in Belgium of Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela. She proposes a dialogue between two series of video installations and photographic unpublished outside Brazil: Digital Memory Collection (2012-15) and biographies (2014-16). Digital Memory Collection takes us into the intimate day life of Brazil from 1970 to 1980; reflection on time and its traces from amateur films.
In Biographies, Kika Nicolela working with 5 actors to refresh the story of the Marquise de Santos – historical female figure and almost mythological in Brazil – developing performance and personal and contemporary fiction. Both series of works approaching the relationship between reality and its representation, specifically its image layout, through processes that involve fiction, privacy and the proliferation of looks.
Based in Brussels since 2014, Kika Nicolela develop for 13 years a singular artistic approach combining documentary, fiction and participatory strategies in the field of moving images and photography.
Winner of numerous awards at home and abroad, she has participated in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including the Kunst Film Biennale (Germany), The Biennale Image movement (Argentina), Biennale of Mercosur (Brazil) and Biennial of Video and Media Arts (Chile). Among the main areas having presented his works are: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Summerhall, Edinburgh; Muséee Ludwig, Cologne; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires; GL Strand, Copenhagen; Maktab Anbar, Damascus; Open Contemporary Art Center, Taipei; LOOP Gallery, Seoul; MASP – Museum of Art of Sao Paulo, MIS – Museum of Image and Sound, Vermelho Gallery in São Paulo; Museum of Modern Art, El Salvador; and Parc de la Villette, Paris.
The exhibition is open form 3/05 to 31/05/2016 at Casa do Brasil, Avenue Louise 350, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.