b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil | lives and works in Copenhagen
Tamar Guimarães’s body of work in installation, sound, and video uses found and manufactured elements to question dominant histories of modernism. Mining Brazilian and global histories for the subjects of her aesthetic inquiries, Guimarães conducts research and hosts discussions before transforming her ideas into tangible artworks. In her 2012 video Canoas, Guimarães stages a cocktail party in Casa das Canoas, the home that architect Oscar Niemeyer designed for himself in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. The party is modulated by vignettes in which guests discuss Brazil’s past in terms of the relationship between modernity and social housing, political dictatorship and artistic exile.