Rafael Bqueer is the recipient of the 2019 residency scholarship of EAV Parque Lage + AnnexB. The well-known School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage is supporting a 2-month fully funded residency at AnnexB, and Rafael was selected among Parque Lage’s talented roster of alumni, during a very competitive process with 95 applicants and three finalists.
June - August 2019
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rafael Bqueer was born in Belém, Pará and he is currently based in Rio de Janeiro. Rafael is a performance artist who focuses on questioning the visual economy around LGBTQ, indigenous, and Black bodies in Brazil. Part of the Drag scene in Rio and also of the carnivalesque culture of Brazilian schools of samba, Rafael often uses cross-dressing and costumes in his performances. In “Alice” (2014), Rafael is Alice in the Wonderland with a costume inspired by carnavalesco Joãozinho Trinta in the 1990s, with the difference that Rafael’s Alice inhabits Black peripheric areas of Rio de Janeiro, or areas that don’t partake of transnational visibility. In “Lenoir” (2017), Rafael invited 12 artists and Black activists for a “rolezinho” on the streets of Rio’s Leblon, emphasizing the racial segregation of upper-class Rio’s neighborhoods.
Rafael has a BA from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA); he has shown his works across Brazil, at Transarte Gallery, Red Bull Station, and Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Casa França-Brasil and Solar dos Abacaxis in Rio. In 2019, Rafael was awarded the prestigious Marcantonio Vilaça Prize.
Rafael Bqueer’s residency is made possible with funding from Instituto Inclusartiz, Rothier Faria Collection, and Fernando Marques de Oliveira.