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Céu da Boca

São Paulo
27 may – 02 jul 2022

Céu da Boca
Rafaella Braga

São Paulo
27 may – 02 jul 2022

Céu da Boca
Rafaella Braga

Céu da Boca
Works
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Rafaella Braga

Galeria Kogan Amaro São Paulo
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

When I’ve visited artist Rafaella Braga’s studio to check out the creation of the paintings that now comprise this exhibition, it struck me that the large dimension of her paintings and the amassment of information they display evoke a feeling contrary to the first sight.

This is due to Rafaella’s ability to translate – like no other – the cacophony from urban centers into impressions contrary to the ones she provides. Where there was abandonment, acceptance. Instead of rationality, serendipity. From chaos, comes silence. This might be because, for the artist, painting is first and foremost a contemplative healing process of self-discovery.

However, wording is a very prevalent feature of her paintings. Rafaella uses the support as a diary whose main function is beyond its original purpose. Namely, they express the essence of writing in itself: gesturality. Her writing-gesturing works as a eulogy to illegibility here, which also harks back to the years when the artist worked with graffiti – her earliest foray into art. And we must highlight here how marginalized this art form still is, and how bringing this symbology into contemporary painting still remains a transgressive action today.

Indeed, here I raise an important issue about Rafaella’s paintings. They’re always having us deal with a sense of opposition and, why not say it, duality. While the gesturality of her writing expands to almost full canvas domination, the gigantic majestic imaginary characters recurrently painted by the artist hold an introspective quality. Through this constant practice of expansion and retraction, Rafaela shows us the need for a little whimsy and fantasy in order to deal with reality, and vice versa.

What makes Rafaella’s painting interesting is precisely this quest for balance. Watching a young painter trailblaze places previously unaccessed by her (both geographically and mentally) means to acknowledge the sky is the limit. Moreover, “sky” is a word that permeates all of her creations. A refuge to which she connects in order to seek for comfort wherever she is, a way of telling us that, in order to fly, one has to take both their feet off the ground.

All this optimism may seem juvenile and, in a way, it is (with no intention of disregarding the artist’s experience here, despite her young age). But we must acknowledge that Rafaella is part of a generation committed to the change older generations have devised as possibilities of more inclusive, diverse and plural futures. So the artist has decided to do this in an attempt to connect to her own self and to her surroundings.

Therefore, this exhibition is none other than an invitation to enter this place as one enters a meditation temple, and to let the beings who could haunt us accept instead. If Rafaella has turned hers into docile creatures, why can’t we attempt to experience it? Sometimes the elder teach the youngsters, but the opposite also happens. I’ve been learning from the interchange.

Carollina Lauriano

Works

No céu da minha boca a noite é sempre estrelada, 2022
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Exhibitions views

Born in Goiânia, Brazil, 1998. Rafaella Braga began tracing her own path in arts through graffiti and later finding herself in painting, exploring it freely and without any pre-conception. She has been developing and materializing her ideas mostly on large scale canvases, that can take up entire walls, revealing a physically intense working method.

Using the canvas as a diary, her practice has the body as primer matter, investigating the self outlined by her vulnerabilities and secrets, and revolves around the interplay between reality and fantasy, identity and time, offering a dreamlike alternative to reality.

The artist have been developing her own projects, collaborating with international initiatives as so group exhibitions. Rafaella Braga is currently based in Berlin.

Céu da Boca
Works
Exhibitions views
Rafaella Braga

Galeria Kogan Amaro São Paulo
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

When I’ve visited artist Rafaella Braga’s studio to check out the creation of the paintings that now comprise this exhibition, it struck me that the large dimension of her paintings and the amassment of information they display evoke a feeling contrary to the first sight.

This is due to Rafaella’s ability to translate – like no other – the cacophony from urban centers into impressions contrary to the ones she provides. Where there was abandonment, acceptance. Instead of rationality, serendipity. From chaos, comes silence. This might be because, for the artist, painting is first and foremost a contemplative healing process of self-discovery.

However, wording is a very prevalent feature of her paintings. Rafaella uses the support as a diary whose main function is beyond its original purpose. Namely, they express the essence of writing in itself: gesturality. Her writing-gesturing works as a eulogy to illegibility here, which also harks back to the years when the artist worked with graffiti – her earliest foray into art. And we must highlight here how marginalized this art form still is, and how bringing this symbology into contemporary painting still remains a transgressive action today.

Indeed, here I raise an important issue about Rafaella’s paintings. They’re always having us deal with a sense of opposition and, why not say it, duality. While the gesturality of her writing expands to almost full canvas domination, the gigantic majestic imaginary characters recurrently painted by the artist hold an introspective quality. Through this constant practice of expansion and retraction, Rafaela shows us the need for a little whimsy and fantasy in order to deal with reality, and vice versa.

What makes Rafaella’s painting interesting is precisely this quest for balance. Watching a young painter trailblaze places previously unaccessed by her (both geographically and mentally) means to acknowledge the sky is the limit. Moreover, “sky” is a word that permeates all of her creations. A refuge to which she connects in order to seek for comfort wherever she is, a way of telling us that, in order to fly, one has to take both their feet off the ground.

All this optimism may seem juvenile and, in a way, it is (with no intention of disregarding the artist’s experience here, despite her young age). But we must acknowledge that Rafaella is part of a generation committed to the change older generations have devised as possibilities of more inclusive, diverse and plural futures. So the artist has decided to do this in an attempt to connect to her own self and to her surroundings.

Therefore, this exhibition is none other than an invitation to enter this place as one enters a meditation temple, and to let the beings who could haunt us accept instead. If Rafaella has turned hers into docile creatures, why can’t we attempt to experience it? Sometimes the elder teach the youngsters, but the opposite also happens. I’ve been learning from the interchange.

Carollina Lauriano

Works

No céu da minha boca a noite é sempre estrelada, 2022
View all

Exhibitions views

Born in Goiânia, Brazil, 1998. Rafaella Braga began tracing her own path in arts through graffiti and later finding herself in painting, exploring it freely and without any pre-conception. She has been developing and materializing her ideas mostly on large scale canvases, that can take up entire walls, revealing a physically intense working method.

Using the canvas as a diary, her practice has the body as primer matter, investigating the self outlined by her vulnerabilities and secrets, and revolves around the interplay between reality and fantasy, identity and time, offering a dreamlike alternative to reality.

The artist have been developing her own projects, collaborating with international initiatives as so group exhibitions. Rafaella Braga is currently based in Berlin.