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Cinthia Marcelle lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and graduated in Fine Arts from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (1999).

Marcelle uses video and photography to document the effects that her interventions have on the usual order of things. Particularly, Marcelle’s work is inspired by the chaos and turmoil of possibilities which can be found in everyday life. She tries to gain a distance from this chaos and reorganise the disorder formally. Her actions create situations that challenge our notions of conventional behaviour by introducing humorous coincidences and connections.

Cinthia Marcelle was the artist selected to occupy the Brazilian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) with the installation Chão de Caça and the video Nau/Now I realized with Tiago Mata Machado, which received an Honorable Mention from the jury of the exhibition. She has participated in several international biennials such as the 10th Berlin Biennale: We Don’t Need Another Hero (2018); 5th Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo (2017); 11th and 12th Sharjah Biennials: Re:emerge (2013) and The Past, The Present, The Possible (2015); New Museum Triennial: The Ungovernables (2012); 13th Istanbul Biennial with Tiago Mata Machado: Mom, Am I Barbarian? (2013); 29th São Paulo Biennial: There Is Always a Cup of Sea for a Man to Sail (2010); 9th Lyon Biennale: 00s-The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named (2007); and 9th Havana Biennial: Dinámicas de la Cultura Urbana (2006).

Among her recent solo exhibitions are Disobedient Tools, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany (2023); Cinthia Marcelle: por via das dúvidas, MASP, São Paulo (2022); Cinthia Marcelle: A Conjunction of Factors, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2022); On Air: A Morta, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA (2018); Family in Disorder, Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom (2017); Divine Violence with Tiago Mata Machado, Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago (2017); Project 105: Cinthia Marcelle, MoMA PS1, New York, USA (2016); and Dust Never Sleeps, Secession, Vienna, Austria (2014).

Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado will be part of Nebula, a group exhibition with a new video installation commissioned and produced by Fondazione In Between Art Film on the occasion of the 60th Venice Biennale 2024.
She has participated in relevant group exhibitions such as A Clearing in the Forest, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2022); Nakoada: estratégias para a arte moderna, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro — MAM Rio (2022); Crônicas Cariocas, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro (2021); Pinacoteca: acervo, Pinacoteca de São Paulo (2020); Soft Power, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA (2019); Push the Limits, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy (2019); BRIC-à-brac, The Jumble of Growth, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (2018); among others.

Selected Videos

Verdade ou Desafio (Truth or Dare), 2018

six minutes looped, single channel video, colour, sound

Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado

Black Hole, 2008

video, black and white and sound

4 min 41 sec in loop

Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado

Nau/Nau, 2017

video, colour and sound

43 min 52 sec in loop

Divida (Trilogia do Capital), 2020-2021

colour, sound (stereo and surround)

12'50" in loop

Automóvel, 2012