In this new chapter, Bajo el Sol N.4, Yuli Yamagata & Fernanda Brenner offer us a journey through Yamagata’s artistic practice and imaginary, addressing concepts such as blinding consumerism, political mechanisms that guide everyday actions, memory and alternative interpretations of reality.
Yuli Yamagata (1989, São Paulo) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in São Paulo. Her works move on the border between dream and reality, drawing inspiration from mass culture and pushing the viewers to abandon themselves to the possibilities of her oneiric imagination. Yamagata’s creatures can be comforting and disturbing; their weirdness comes from something that we’re already familiar with, but that suddenly feels a little different. By objectifying the body and subjectifying things, Yamagata leads us to consider consumption as an active mode of relationship, a means by which we forge and fictionalize our own product-characters. Her work has been presented at Ordet (Milano, 2022), Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (São Paulo, 2021), Madragoa (Lisbon, 2020), SESC Niterói (Rio de Janeiro, 2018), Casa da Cultura (Comporta, Portugal, 2022), Anton Kern Gallery (New York, 2020), Kunsthalle Lissabon (2019), Pivô Arte e Pesquisa (São Paulo, 2018), among others.
Fernanda Brenner (1986, São Paulo) is a curator and writer based in São Paulo and Brussels. She is the founding director of Pivô, works as a Latin American art advisor for Kadist Art Foundation, and is part of the curatorial team of Nesr Art Foundation. Since 2017 she is a contributing editor of Frieze Magazine. Recent projects include the Present Future section at Artissima, Torino (2020/2021), and solo exhibitions of Paulo Nazareth (2022), Beatriz Santiago Munõz (2021), Luiz Roque (2020), Katinka Bock (2019) all at Pivô, and group shows at Bergamin Gomide gallery (São Paulo, 2019), Mendes Wood DM (Brussels, 2017). Her texts have featured several publications, including Textwork by the Fondation d’Enterprise Pernod Ricard, Art Review, Artforum, Art Agenda, Terremoto, Mousse, Cahiers d’Art, as well as contributing to institutional catalogs and monographs, i.e., MASP, Centre Georges Pompidou, CAC Passerelle, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Culturgest, Fridericianum, and MOCA Detroit.