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Sonia Andrade, Untitled, 2005, video projection (color, silent, indefinite duration), obsidian. Installation view. Photo: Filipe Berndt.

Sonia Andrade

Galeria Marcelo Guarnieri | São Paulo

Sonia Andrade, Untitled, 2005, video projection (color, silent, indefinite duration), obsidian. Installation view. Photo: Filipe Berndt.

Sonia Andrade is part of the first generation of Brazilian video artists. Established in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the 1970s, with multidisciplinary artist Anna Bella Geiger as their teacher, this group included Fernando Cocchiarale, Ivens Machado, Letícia Parente, and Paulo Herkenhoff. At that time, Brazil was controlled by a dictatorship—resources for artists were minimal, and there was a general lack of knowledge about the Super 8 format. Members of the group even shared a single Porta-Pak for the production of videos. It is important to note that a number of female artists in Brazil adopted the practice of video at that moment, and several of these artists’ works—especially those of Parente—were dedicated to reopening discussion of the patriarchal expectations for women’s role in society.

The exhibition at Galeria Marcelo Guarnieri was a panorama of

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