Rafael RG is a visual artist and writer. His practice focuses on sexual and affective relationships and their political implications as well as issues of racial identity. Working with institutional and personal archives, he presents his research through workshops, installations, performative texts, publications and objects. The materials he works with are often closely associated with narratives that involve himself or an alter ego in some way and the resulting projects that are close to or resemble fiction.
During his residency at Gasworks, Rafael is planning to investigate The Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, a series of judicial laws created by the British Parliament in 1885 that included strengthening existing legislation against prostitution and recriminalised male homosexuality. Through archival research he plans to construct new narratives about the lasting effects of these laws on contemporary sexual relations.
Rafael RG lives and works between Belo Horizonte and Salvador. He gained his BA in Visual Arts from the University of Fine Arts of São Paulo. Recent solo exhibitions include Panos de Mesa/ Objetos do Paraguay, Sé Gallery / São Paulo (2016); Política da boa vizinhança, Proyectos Artbo, Bogotá (2015); and Ficções do Arquivo, Aurora, São Paulo. Recent group exhibitions include Levantes, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo; Histórias da Sexualidade, MASP - Museum of art of São Paulo (both 2018); Esforço-Desempenho, Galeria Athena Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro; and Empresa Colonial, Caixa Cultural, São Paulo (both 2016). His residencies include The Iberê Camargo Scholarship for residency at Künstlerhaus Bremen (2014), Pampulha Scholarship for residency at the Pampulha Museum of Art (2015-2016) and SESC Frestas Triennial of Arts (2017).
Rafael RG's residency is supported by Gasworks’ Brazilian Residency Patrons Circle and he is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.