Artist, critic and researcher based in Brazil. Beto Shwafaty has a B.A. in visual arts form State university of Campinas, Brazil (2001), holds an M.A. in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti – NABA (Milan, 2010) and integrated the group of Simon Starling at the Staedelschule (Frankfurt, 2010/2011). Shwafaty has been involved with collective, curatorial, and spatial practices since the early 2000s, and as a result, he develops a research-based practice on spaces, histories and visualities, in which he connects formally and conceptually political, social and cultural issues that are converging to the field of art.
Recent exhibitions: “SITU Project” Leme gallery, São Paulo, 2016 (forthcoming, solo); “Risk Contract” Luisa Strina gallery, São Paulo, 2015 (solo); “19th Video Brasil Festival” Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo, 2015; “CFB: 25 Years” Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 2015; “Crossroads” Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, 2015; “Foundations of the design substance: cultural metaphors to design a new future” City Musuem of São Paulo – Oca, São Paulo 2014 (solo);”Permanent Playfullness”, Mendes Wood gallery, São Paulo, 2014; “Taipa-Tapume” Leme gallery, São Paulo, 2014; “Remediations”, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, 2014; ”P33_Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” [33o Panorama da Arte Brasileira], MAM São Paulo, 2013; 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, 2013; “Love and Hate to Lygia Clark”, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2013; “Conversations Pieces”, NBK, Berlin, 2013; X Architecture Biennial of São Paulo, CCSP, 2013; “Counter Bartering”, Palacio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, 2013, and “Espaço Fonte”, Recife, 2013; “Eter-nal Tour”, São Paulo, 2012; “Mythologies”, Cité des Arts, Paris, 2011 and MAM, São Paulo, 2013; “Shadowed by the future”, São Paulo, 2010; 4th IABR – Urbaninform Section Rotterdam, 2009, 3o Utrecht Manifest Biennial on Social Design, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2009; “Rumos Itaú Cultural”, São Paulo, 2006. He published ‘The Life of the Centers’ (2013), a docu-fiction photo-book in which historical and urban fluxes of development of three regions of São Paulo are explored. In 2017, he will participate in the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA (Getty Foundation) in a exhibition curated by Clara Kim; and for 2018 he is developing a solo show for The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada.
Awards and Residencies: Lugar a Dudas, Cali (2016); ICCO / SP Art (2015); Bradesco FOCO Art Rio Prize (2015); Residency Unlimited, New York (2015); Research residency at Jardim Canada Center for Art and Technology (Nova Lima, Brazil , 2013), Graham Foundation grant exhibition (Chicago, 2013); PROAC SP – support for artist book (São Paulo, 2013); Rede Nacional Funarte 10th edition, 2013 (” O Artista Como…” Project); Rede Nacional Funarte 9th edition, 2012 (“Contra Escambos” Project); II Mário Pedrosa Award for Cultural Essays (Fundaj – Recife , 2012); PROAC – support for photographic book (São Paulo , 2013); Art Residence at Eco & Narciso / RES – Ò (Torino, 2012) and acquisitive prizes in the museum exhibitions: Ribeirão Preto (2006), Piracicaba (2003) and MAC Campinas (2002), all Brazilian art institutions.