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José Roberto Shwafaty

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Beto Shwafaty (São Paulo, 1977) is a conceptual artist and researcher based in Brazil. He holds an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti – NABA (Milan, 2010) and accompanied 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, his own practice is connected to contemporary spheres of critical design, of spatial politics, of the knowledge economy and of visual culture. Thus, Shwafaty develops a research-based practice (on spaces, histories and visualities), which seeks to connect formally and conceptually political, social and cultural issues that are converging to the field of art.


Recent exhibitions: “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.


Recently, he has 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 2014 he will participate at Temporada de Projetos [ Project Season] of Paço das Artes (São Paulo); “PArC Solo Projects” (Lima, Peru) and at the project “O Artista Como… ” (São Paulo).


Awards and scholarships: research residency at Jardim Canada Center for Art and Technology (Nova Lima, Brazil , 2013), Graham Foundation grant exhibition (Chicago , 2013); PROAC – support for artist book (São Paulo , 2013); Rede Nacional Funarte 10a edição – 2013 (” O Artista Como…” Project); Rede Nacional Funarte 9a edição – 2012 (Projeto Contra Escambos); Mário Pedrosa Award II 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.


Beto Shwafaty is represented by Galeria Luisa Strina.





In my practice I am concerned with diverse issues regarding public space, conviviality and visual culture in specific sociocultural and political contexts. Using diverse methods and languages – that ranges from sculptural and spatial situations, design and printed matter to research-based and docu-fictional strategies – I aim to explore the possibilities of being at same time a productive agent and a reflexive and critical actor, where art production becomes a way to approach the real as at the same time an opportunity to question pre-assumed positions.


The materialization of my projects can be considered as hybrid units of information, assumed as possibilities to generate (or recover) specific sets of knowledge. Through notions and acts of critique, edition, appropriation and translation I intend to create situations where issues and debates about the functions and communicative qualities of art may emerge and be articulated within certain levels of the society and the public sphere.


Considering art projects in this way – and under the lens of an expanded and complex notion of ready-made and site specificity – I try to build settings interweaved by overlapping narratives in oder to instigate the spectator’s awareness about the complexity of certain dynamics and questions regarding representation, validation and negotiation within a given sociocultural structures. This process informs productive activities that reflect a broader interest in art as pro positive and constructive structures: as processes of production and distribution of aesthetic, knowledge, techniques, designs and communication that explores critical reflections on institutional, public and social levels.




2011 PIESP, Independent Program, Escola São Paulo

2010/11 Guest Student, Staedelschule Frankfurt am Main (Simon Starling’s class)

2008/09 M.A. in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at  NABA, Milan

2001 B.A. in Visual Arts, State University of Campinas, Brazil




2013 JA.CA residency program, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais (Brasil)

2012 RES-Ò residency platform: Eco e Narciso, Torino

2011 OTHER POSSIBLE WORLDS, Casino Luxemburgo


Collective Exhibitions and Projects



2013 LOVE AND HATE TO LYGIA CLARK, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw

2013 P33_UNIQUE FORMS OF CONTINUTIY IN SPACE [33rd Panorama of Brazilian Art], MAM São Paulo

2013 9th MERCOSUL BIENNIAL, Porto Alegre


2013 MITOLOGIAS, MAM, São Paulo

2011 MITOLOGIAS, Cité des Arts, Paris

2011 STRATEGIES FOR PUBLIC OCCUPATION, collective exhibiton, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.


2011 UNPREDICTABLE SIGNS OF REVOLT, Lampione, Frankfurt am Main

2011 WHEN IN ROME, Malta Contemporary, Valleta, Malta (forthcoming)

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Jos� Roberto Shwafaty de Siqueira. S�o Paulo - Brasil, 1977. BA Visual Arts - State University of Campinas - UNICAMP. Works with drawing, engraving, photography and sculpture. He has been showing his work since 1998, in Brasil, Germany, Cuba, Equador and Spain.


Starts MA at State University of Campinas, Brasil (unfinished)
BA Visual Arts, major in drawing and printmaking, State University of Campinas, Brasil
Student research scholarship FAPESP  �Contemporary Engraving�, orientation: Luise Weiss.

Collective Exhibition

27th  S�o Paulo Biennial: S�o Paulo City Tellers. Co-production with Italian artist Francesco Jodice.
Rumos Ita� Cultural. Ita� Cultural, S�o Paulo/SP
Rumos Ita� Cultural. Pa�o Imperial, Rio de Janeiro/RJ
Rumos Ita� Cultural, Museu de Arte de Santa Catarina, Florian�polis/SC
31st Ribeir�o Preto Contemporary Art exhibition. Ribeir�o Preto/SP (acquisition prize)
6th National Art Exhibition of Goi�s - 6th  Flamboyant prize. Goi�nia/GO
Havana Biennial. S�o Paulo Territory: special room of collectives from SP. Havana, Cuba.

Coletiva��es. Colective projects. PARIS VIII University , Paris/France
Elective Affinities, CPFL Cultural Center, Campinas
Printmaking Biennial Versailles, Paris/France
Nuite Blanche � public interventions and exhibition, Paris/France
Elefante Collective, artist�s collective, S�o Paulo

EIA - Experience of Ambient Immersion: colective actions in public space, S�o Paulo /SP
Fraenkelstein saloon: unrealizable proposals, utopias and projects, S�o Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Poetical documentation, urban interventions, partnership with Coringa colective, Blumenau � SC, Barsil
Young Brazilian artists, Gallas&Mayer gallery, Goldkronach/Germany
9th Santos National Bienial, Santos / SP
Art Frankfurt, Galeria Gravura Brasileira, Frankfurt / Germany
Wall Project, Casa das Caldeiras, S�o Paulo / SP
Mercosul Printmaking, Funda��o Caixa Granada, Granada /Spain
1st International Exhibition, Fund. Gugg and Chain , Rio de Janeiro / RJ
Paulista Engraving, Galeria Gravura Brasileira, S�o Paulo /SP
2nd Santo Andr� Engraving Biennial, Santo Andr�/SP (jury mention)
Multiples, Galeria de arte da UNAMA, Bel�m do Par�/PA
35th Piracicaba, Piracicaba /SP (acquisition prize)
Entreaberto: artists books, Gallery Gravura Brasileira ,S�o Paulo / SP
15th �Praia Grande� Contemporary exhibition, Praia Grande / SP (acquisition prize)
7 artists: Encontro, Cultural Center Evolution, Campinas / SP
M�todo x Modo, Galeria de Arte da UNICAMP, Campinas/SP
�Printmaking goes fine, thanks�, Virg�lio Space gallery, S�o Paulo/SP
EGO arte, UNICAMP Arte Gallery, Campinas/SP

2001, 2002   
Annual exhibition MACC, contemporary museum of Campinas (aquisition prize)
First Hand, revelation prize from CCBEU Santos (jury mention)
Show me Cuba, photography, II IA Festival, UNICAMP / SP
La Huella del Correo , Estamperia Qute�a, Quito / Equador.

1998, 1999 and 2000   
FEIA � Coletiva do Festival do Institute of Arts, Centro Cult. Evolu��o, Campinas / SP.
La Jovem Estampa Prize � Engraving Biennial, Casa de Las Am�ricas � Havana / CUBA.
Gaston Bachelard: books objects, Casa de Cultura Joaquim Eg�dio - Campinas / SP.
II Research Meeting in Arts and Multimedia, Gallery de Arte da UNICAMP, Campinas/ SP.
Other seeing - photography, C�rculo Militar Campinas e UNICAMP,Campinas/ SP.

Solo Exhibitions

O que ocupa o Corpo, ateli� Aberto, Campinas /SP
Cotidiano Cont�nuo, corredorgaleria, Ateli� Piratininga, S�o Paulo / SP

Works in collections, museums and galleries

Contemporary Art Museum of Campinas Jos� Pancetti - Campinas
City Pinacoteck of Piracicaba Miguel Dutra - Piracicaba
Gallery Espa�o Virg�lio - S�o Paulo
Gallery Gravura Brasileira - S�o Paulo
Ateli� Aberto - Campinas
City Pinacoteck of Praia Grande - Praia Grande

    Congresses and Seminars

    2002    Artificial Emotion, international seminar on art and tecnology, Ita� Cultural/SP � Brasil
    2001     Design roots: Museography & Museology, Ita� Cultural, S�o Paulo/SP � Brasil
I Mundial Social F�rum, Porto Alegre/RS � Brasil
2000    In front of Images � seminar with Phillipe Dubois, Institute of Arts, UNICAMP � Brasil
1998    Contemporary photography, Ita� Cultural, Campinas / SP � Brasil
1997    The contemporary Condition of Art, international seminar, Institute of Arts, UNICAMP � Brasil

Professional Experience

5th Mercosul Biennial, installation crew. Porto Alegre/RS - Brasil
Submidialogia, International conference, organization team and graphic design. Unicamp.Campinas /SP
Labgraf, designer coordinator, Experimental graphic laboratory, Unicamp Campinas/SP

26th S�o Paulo Biennial, installation crew, SP
Labgraf, designer coordinator, Experimental graphic laboratory, Unicamp Campinas/SP

4th Mercosul Biennial, installation for the brazilian artist Rosana Paulino. Porto Alegre/RS - Brasil
Marco Gianotti e Marcone Moreira, Virg�lio Gallery � installation crew, S�o Paulo
Observation son Space and Time, 30 years, UNICSUL � installation crew, S�o Paulo
Brazilian Artists III, Virg�lio Gallery � installation crew, S�o Paulo
Illustration for newspaper, Folha de S�o Paulo, Sao Paulo
Ilustra��o - revista Funda��o Viva o Centro, S�o Paulo
Cenography Formula 1 GP Brasil, coord. Maria Cec�lia Cerroti, S�o Paulo
Assistant for the artist Luise Weiss e Feres L. Khoury, S�o Paulo

25th S�o Paulo Bienal installation crew, S�o Paulo
Graphic Cabinet Studio, graphic designer, S�o Paulo
Assistant for the artist Renata Pedrosa, Contemporary Art Exhibition of Sao Paulo, S�o Paulo
Masp - Art Museum of Sao Paulo,Exhibitions: Pel�, Renoir and Paris 1900, installation crew
Tomie Ohtake Institute, Exhibitions: Map of Now, Art directors Club T�kio and Sharaku - installation crew
Cenography VMB 2002, MTV Brasil, � coord. Maria Cec�lia Cerroti, S�o Paulo

Contemporary art museum of S�o Paulo - MAC USP.  2nd position on public concourse to the place of exhibition and museographer specialist

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