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.
Marcelle has had recent solo shows at Marta Herford Museum,Germany ’Cinthia Marcelle: Disobedient Tools,’ (2023); in 2022 Cinthia Marcelle: A Conjunction of Factors, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain; Cinthia Marcelle: By Means of Doubt, MASP, São Paulo, Brazil. Modern Art Oxford (2018); Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago (2017); MoMA PS1, New York (2016); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2013); among others. In July 2022, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona will present Marcelle’s first solo exhibition in Spain.
Her work has been included in significant group exhibitions such as: in 2022 A Clearing in the Forest, Tate Modern, London, Uk; Collective Individuals at Gallerie D’Italia, Torino, Italy; Museo da Língua Portuguesa, São Paulo, Brazil (2021); ‘Desert X’, International Contemporary art exhibition, Coachella Valley, California, UA (2019); Casa do Brasil: Colegio Mayor Universitario, Madrid, Spain (2018); ’Working for the Future Past’, Seoul Museum of Art (2017); ‘Art Lessons’, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Madrid (2017); ‘Video Art in Latin America: Selections from Brazil’, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, Miami (2016); Project 35: The Last Act, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); ‘Slow Future’, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2014); ‘Many Places at Once’, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2014); and ‘Mythologies By Proxy’, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo (2013).
Marcelle has also participated in many biennales, most notably: the 10th Berlin Biennale (2018); she represented Brazil in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), for which she received a Special mention for National Participation; Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015), Biennial do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2013); Istanbul Biennial (2013); Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013); 5th Auckland Triennial (2013); New Museum Triennial (2012); 29th Bienal de São Paulo (2010); 9th Biennale de Lyon (2007); and 9th Bienal de Havana (2006).