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Ana Mazzei, Garden, 2017. Dimensions variable. Wood, paint, felt, fabric. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Mazzei, Run Rabbit Run, 2018. Dimensions variable. Wood, fabric, paint, strings. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alex Wolfe.

Ana Mazzei, Us and Them, 2018. Dimensions variable. Ceramics, felt, fabric, paint. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alex Wolfe.

Ana Mazzei, Oh Vaso Grego Oh, 2018. Dimensions variable. Fabric and wood. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Gui Gomes.

Ana Mazzei’s sculptures and installations resemble imaginary scenarios and groupings of props, often featuring objects that are shifted from their typical function. There is a theatrical quality to these presentations, suggesting a ritualistic ceremony within a diorama that invites the viewer in as a performer. The objects and sculptures are understood in relation to the body and reflect on how we organise and orient ourselves within space.

During her residency at Gasworks, Mazzei will work on a project that focusses on English Renaissance theatre, specifically William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her work will draw inspiration from the characters and choreography of the play as well as the architecture of Elizabethan theatres.  

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Ana Mazzei lives and works in São Paulo. She gained an MA at the Arts Institute at the University of Campinas, São Paulo in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include; Antechamber, green Art Gallery, Dubai (2018); Hands, spell and paper, La Galerie, Noisy-Le-Sec – France (2018); DRAMAFOBIA, São Paulo; and Ghost Studies, Almine Rech, New York (both 2017); Move in straight lines, Fundación Saludarte, Miami (2016). Recent group exhibitions include; 14ª Cuenca Biennale – Estructuras Vivientes (2018/19); Il cotello nela carne, PAC Milano, Milan – Italy (2018); 20º VIDEOBRASIL, São Paulo (2017); Unanimous Night, CAC Vilnius – Lithuania (2017); 32ª São Paulo Biennale - Live Uncertain, São Paulo (2016); and Encruzilhada, Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro (2015).

Ana Mazzei’s residency is supported by Gasworks’ Brazilian Residency Patrons Circle.