Beto Shwafaty was born in 1977, São Paulo, Brazil.
Lives and work in São Paulo, Brazil.
I have been developing a practice which entails printed matter, video essays and sculptural objects, normally conjugated in installation settings. I employ a diverse array of materials and methodologies, such as curatorial thinking, institutional strategies, criticism, site and archival research, to develop artworks that are informed also by the notions of appropriation, dislocations and translation. My practice is influenced by a research based approach, combined also to a strong concern towards the material procedures, manifestations and functions it can assume, being so, generated within projects developed over extended periods of time. I have interests that often focus on the way historical episodes and sociocultural constructs can leave traces on contemporary visual culture, be echoed so in objects, spaces and sociocultural structures, which by consequence (re)produce publicly shared meanings and behaviours. In this sense, I have been interested in subjects linked to history, socio-politics, architecture, politics and design, assuming these as narrative fields in and from which elements and evidences are appropriated and re-elaborated to inform us on diverse aspects our present time.