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Ioana DE MELLO
commissaire d'exposition photographie

Biography


Vit à : Paris , France

I’m a Brazilian curator working in Paris between Europe and Latin America. In Brazil, I collaborate regularly with galleries (Galeria da Gávea), festivals and digital platforms (Ateliê Oriente, Subversos Editora and Photolimits) writing about photography, producing and curating exhibitions. Until 2018, I was part of the jury of the Alliance Française Photo Web Award and taught a course in art market at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). I’m a director member of FotoRio, an annual photography festival taking place in Rio de Janeiro. I also coordinate and participate as a reader for their annual portfolio review.

In Paris, I’m engaged in writing two books, one on photography and psychology and the other on the role of Latin American Art in the international market. I collaborate with several photographic collectives like Iandé (an international platform whose aim is to enhance the presence of Brazilian photography in France) and work as an independent curator. I curated two photographic projections in 2018, one with Iandé and the other at “Centre Culturel Mains d’oeuvres”. I participated as well at Rencontres d’Arles 2019 as the curator of the group exhibition What’s going on in Brazil? at the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation.

Regarding my studies, I did a two-year specialization course in Art and Philosophy at PUC-Rio. Afterwards, I was admitted to a master’s degree programme at the Department of History of this same university where I developed a paper discussing the Japanese photographer Hiroshi’s Sugimoto’s work in relation with Henry Bergson’s concepts of time. My academic life then moved to Europe, where I obtained a master’s degree in Aesthetics and History of Photography at Paris 8 – Sorbonne, and an MBA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art , London. My academic research questions the relationship of the image with contemporary culture and society.

Exhibitions


2019

For more information and visuals about my portfolio on my site.

Curator of the group exhibition What’s going on in Brazil? as part of the associated programme for Rencontres d’Arles 2019 at Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation. Exhibition with 12 photographers from Iandé collectif.

2018

Curator of We choke – glances on the Brazilian democracy, a photographic projection within the structure of the arts festival A cry of love for Brazil (Centre Culturel Main d’oeuvres).

Co-curator of a photographic projection of Brazilian photographers, and producer of the debate about the photography market between Brazil and France – with Felipe Abreu and Isabella Prata, in partnership with Iandé, Paris.

2015/2020

Director’s member of FotoRio photographic festival, Brazil

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