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b. 1979, Brazil

Ana Mazzei Biography

Brazilian sculptor Ana Mazzei stages material and historical representations of everyday life across collaborative projects that explore architecture, performance, and perception.

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Early Years

Born in São Paulo, Mazzei attended the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), São Paulo and Unicamp, Campinas, where she earned an MA in Visual Poetics in 2010. From 2011 to 2012, Mazzei took part in the Independent Study Program at Escola São Paulo.

Ana Mazzei Artworks

Ana Mazzei's sculptures and installations draw from literature, architecture, and theatre to stage fictional scenarios that encourage viewers to consider how we perform for each other on a daily basis.

Borrowing from the ideas of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal, authors of the Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968) and the Theater of the Oppressed (1974), Mazzei's stages open into fictional settings that bring awareness to the actions associated with them.

For the installation Corpo Parede (Wall Body) (2018), Mazzei invited viewers to position their bodies in different ways within four wooden structures set along a dark blue wall at the Museum of Modern Art São Paulo to explore the possibilities offered by each arrangement.

'Templo' (Temple)

Other installations are larger in scale, depicting the barebone structures of models of old cities, monuments, and amphitheatres. Mazzei's 'Templo' series (2020), for instance, featured wooden panels cut from shapes inspired by the architecture of Pompeii.

Amongst works in the series, Templo — Face Norte (2020) recreated a wooden enclosure made from various shapes: a circle attached to a semi-circle by two horizontal poles, a vertical cloud, and a stick-figure-like form in profile.

Mazzei's commission for the Pipe Factory, Glasgow (2021) adapted the 'Templo' series into free-standing sculptural forms spread across two floors, which formed a temple arranged in a semi-circle that greeted viewers as if in confrontation.

Accompanied by a rhythmic soundtrack, the installation of figurative and primitive shapes hinted at the historical and the mythological, while remaining open to the possibility of alternative narratives and interpretations.

Sleepwalk

Inspired by Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse (1927), Mazzei's exhibition Sleepwalk (2021) explored the space between consciousness and sleep with a series of wooden sculptures placed between black curtains, including the freestanding mask on a wooden bipod Sombras IV (2021).

Accompanying the physical stage were smaller works like the wall-mounted sculpture Cogumelo VI (2021), a miniature amphitheatre rendered in a clouded red and blue-greens with swirls of yellow, raising associations with the theatrical and the surreal.

Made from found materials, sculptures like Cadeira Trono and Cadeira Meditacao (both 2021) depict bare-framed wooden chairs decorated with embroidered velvet cushions, with rays of light illuminating one and stars and waves on the other.

As Stephanie Bailey notes in a 2022 Insight for Ocula Magazine, 'Each freestanding sculpture seems to embody the role of character and spectator at once.' Recontre (2021), two semi-circles placed face to face, well articulates these physical entanglements.

Exhibitions

Ana Mazzei's works have shown widely in Europe, Asia, the United States, and the U.K.

Select solo exhibitions include Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2021, 2018); Glasgow International (2021); Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo (2020, 2017); Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo (2019); Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2019); and Almine Rech, New York (2017).

Select group exhibitions include São Paulo Arts Museum (2019); la Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2018); Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2018); La Galerie Centre d'Art Contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec (2018); and Bienal de São Paulo (2016).

Website and Instagram

The artist's website can be found here, and her Instagram here.

Elaine YJ Zheng | Ocula | 2022

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Cogumelo III by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Cogumelo III, 2021 Wood
22 x 34.5 x 7 cm
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Cogumelo I by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Cogumelo I, 2021 Wood
25.5 x 25.5 x 7 cm
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Sombras VI by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Sombras VI, 2021 Wood, wire and fabric
184 x 50 x 50 cm
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Sombras V by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Sombras V, 2021 Wood, wire and fabric
70 x 80 x 15 cm
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Sombras II by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Sombras II, 2021 Wood, wire and fabric
178 x 60 x 17 cm
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Sombras I by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Sombras I, 2021 Wood, wire and fabric
158 x 69 x 34 cm
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Lift by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Lift, 2021 Wood
44 x 74 x 40 cm
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Cadeira Meditacao by Ana Mazzei contemporary artwork sculpture
Ana Mazzei Cadeira Meditacao, 2021 Wood and Cushion
72.5 x 47 x 31 cm
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