(São Paulo / SP, 1953) Lenora de Barros is a great exponent of visual poetry, a language whose origins date back to the concrete poetry movement of the 1950s, a period also marked by the genesis of a strong constructivist and avant-garde approach in Brazilian art. The artist’s practice began in the 1970s, as a result of these strong art movements of previous decades, where word and image were presented as her initial materials. Since then, her focus has been on exploring the possibilities of these languages’ codes, which she articulates through various media such as video, performance, photography, sound installation and the construction of objects.
She has a degree in linguistics from the University of São Paulo and has held solo exhibitions in important spaces in São Paulo, such as Pivô (2014) and Oficina Oswald de Andrade Cultural (2016), and Rio de Janeiro, including the Paço Imperial (2006) and Oi Futuro (2010).
Notable group exhibitions include: Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2017); 17th, 24th and 30th Bienal de São Paulo (1983, 1998 and 2013); 4th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Greece and 17th Cerveira International Art Biennial, Portugal (2013); MAM (na) OCA, Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, Brazil and Desidentidad, IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Moderne, Valencia, Spain (2006); 5th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2005/2009); Visual Poetry, Mexic-Art Museum, Austin, USA and Diverse Works Foundation, Houston, USA (2002); Art and Sport in Contemporary Society, Palazzo Arengario, Milan, Italy (2001).
She was awarded at the 1st Mostra RioArte, Museum of Modern Art - MAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for her sound installation MUST HAVE NOTHING TO SEE in 2001. In 2002, she received a scholarship from Vitae Foundation, São Paulo, with the book + cd project TO SEE IN LOUD VOICE, and was nominated for the 11th edition of the Grants & Commissions Program of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation - CIFO (2015). Barros also participated as artist-curator of Radiovisual, 7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009).