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Beto Shwafaty, Remediations, 2009-2014. Mixed media and museographical installation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Edouard Fraipont

Beto Shwafaty, Phantom Matrix (Old Structures, New Glories), 2016. Mixed media, Intervention and Installation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Filipe Berndt.

Beto Shwafaty, Tripartite Reunited, 2009-2013. Sculpture (Aluminum,wood,plexiglass,rubber,enamel). 155 x 63 x 57cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Edouard Fraipont.

Beto Shwafaty, Contract of Risk, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Edouard Fraipont.

Beto Shwafaty produces installations, videos and sculptural objects using a diverse array of materials and methodologies, such as curatorial thinking, institutional strategies, criticism and archival research. His projects are informed by the notions of appropriation, dislocations and translation, generating works that are developed over extended periods of time. In his practice, he often focuses on the way historical episodes can leave traces on culture and be echoed in objects, spaces and sociocultural structures, which by consequence produce publicly shared meanings and behaviours. In this sense, he has been interested in subjects linked to history, sociopolitics, architecture and design, assuming these as narrative elements and evidences that may inform us on diverse aspects our present time.

During his residency at Gasworks, Beto will continue to research and develop a series of ongoing projects, such as Rumours of a Modernism Baroque, exploring historical relations of England with other empires and colonies, specifically Latin America. Another line of work is relate to an ongoing project about the progressivist efforts of the Italian company Olivetti, which between the 30s and 60s fused social and cultural concerns with developments in technology, architecture and design. A final enquiry focuses on exploring the narratives, aesthetic impacts and subjective effects of the planning and construction of key landmarks, specific urban sites and high-rises in London, fusing archival and oral research with site visits and other forms of documentation.

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Beto Shwafaty is an artist and researcher based in São Paulo, Brazil. His recent exhibitions include Contract of Risk, Luisa Strina Gallery, São Paulo; Hablemos de Reparaciones, Prometeogallery, Milano; The Phantom Matrix (Old Structures, New Glories), Situ Project, São Paulo (all 2016); 19th Video Brasil, Sesc, São Paulo (all 2015); Love and Hate to Lygia Clark, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw; Conversation Pieces, NBK, Berlin; Wheather Permiting, 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre; P33_Unique forms of Continuity in Space [Panorama of Brazilian Art], MAM SãoPaulo (all 2013).

Beto Shwafaty's residency is supported by Gasworks’ Brazilian Residency Patrons Circle.