Bianca Bernardo (b.1982, Rio de Janeiro) is an artist developing hybrid practices between performance, education, curatorship and cultural administration. Her practice is collaborative and she works with artists and independent art spaces between the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, and Cidade do Mexico. She is currently the cultural manager of the independent art space SARACURA in Rio de Janeiro.
Tell us a little about your work and approach to making art.
In 2011 I was invited to work at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro as an artist-educator. It was at this point that I began to understand that my artistic process - thinking and producing art - could happen through a pedagogical practice. Since then, I think of education as performance, and my artistic practice as a collective construction; [it’s] a way of thinking with people, transforming and being transformed by them.
What do you hope to explore while in residence with us?
I want to explore the possibilities of art and education [to act] as performance. I am very excited to meet with schools, teachers and students as well as the community that lives around Hyde Park Art Center.
What interests you most in Chicago as a city in 2017?
I'm interested in finding meeting places between Chicago and Rio de Janeiro. We are experiencing a political moment where the sharpening of boundaries shows intolerance and prejudice. We know that since mankind has existed, we have always been nomads and immigrants, crossing from one point to another. More than finding the differences that separate us, I would like to [activate] the feelings and thoughts that unite us.