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What is wanted is to create situations that activate and increase the potency of life. Situations set in the everyday of common affections, how to make and share food. Like drinking and dancing together, or partying some day in the square, on the beach or on the street.

– Moacir dos Anjos, Three Things I Think I Know About OPAVIVARÁ!, 2013

OPAVIVARÁ! is a collective of visual artists who live and work in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Since its creation, the group has been actively participating in the panorama of contemporary arts in Brazil and the world, developing actions in public squares, beaches, streets and avenues, fairs, in galleries and cultural institutions. The four artists who are members of OPA! re-signify everyday objects and organize actions aimed at questioning the use of urban spaces, thus generating flows of life, art and poetry, in which the public is not only invited to interact with the works, but become a fundamental agent for the execution and existence of works. Social Network is an example of their relational sculptures, the work consists of several hammocks sewn side by side, where the audience is invited to lie down, roll and rest in an installation that offers conviviality and body movement among the participants. OPA! generates perceptual and political changes in the universe of human relations, triggering reflections on everyday experiences.

Selected Works
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Solaroca, 2019
    Solaroca, 2019
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Print Skin Case, 2019
    Print Skin Case, 2019
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Surubanco, 2019
    Surubanco, 2019
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, BoobsBar, 2019
    BoobsBar, 2019
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, TUPYCOLÉ, 2017
    TUPYCOLÉ, 2017
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Rede Social, 2017
    Rede Social, 2017
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Brasa Ilha, 2016
    Brasa Ilha, 2016
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Transnômades, 2016
    Transnômades, 2016
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Batuque na Cozinha | Drumming Kitchen, 2015
    Batuque na Cozinha | Drumming Kitchen, 2015
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Mochila Moita [Backpack Bush], 2013
    Mochila Moita [Backpack Bush], 2013
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Cangaço, 2013
    Cangaço, 2013
  • OPAVIVARÁ!, Espreguiçadeira Multi | Multi Beach Chair, 2010
    Espreguiçadeira Multi | Multi Beach Chair, 2010
Selected Exhibitions

O prazer é nosso | MAC Niterói | Niterói, Brasil, 2019

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OPAVIVARÁ! is a collective of visual artists who live and work in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Since its creation, the group has been actively participating in the panorama of contemporary arts in Brazil and the world, developing actions in public squares, beaches, streets and avenues, fairs, in galleries and cultural institutions. The four artists who are members of OPA! re-signify everyday objects and organize actions aimed at questioning the use of urban spaces, thus generating flows of life, art and poetry, in which the public is not only invited to interact with the works, but become a fundamental agent for the execution and existence of works. Social Network is an example of their relational sculptures, the work consists of several hammocks sewn side by side, where the audience is invited to lie down, roll and rest in an installation that offers conviviality and body movement among the participants. OPA! generates perceptual and political changes in the universe of human relations, triggering reflections on everyday experiences.

 

In 2020, participated in the “Mecarõ. L'Amazonie dans la Petitgas collection”, at MOCO in Montpellier, France, and “Amuse-Bouche -The Taste of Art”, at Museum Tinguely, in Basel, Switzerland. In 2019 they performed the solo shows “O Prazer é Nosso”, in celebration of the collective's 15th anniversary, at the MAC - Niterói, “PORNORAMA”, at A Gentil Carioca, in Rio de Janeiro and “OPAVIVARÁ!” at the Magazzino Gallery in Rome, Italy. They were invited to the Visiting Artist Program at the Dunedin Public Art gallery in Dunedin - New Zealand and signed the Art Direction for the musical “Novos Baianos” at SESC Vila Mariana, in São Paulo, Brazil. This same year, they participated in the group shows “Vaivém”, at the CCBB in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasília, “Brazil! Focus on Contemporary Brazilian Art”, at the Ettore Fico Museum, in Turin, Italy and “Projeto Respiração”, at the Eva Klabin Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2018, in celebration of A Gentil Carioca's 15th anniversary, they participated in the exhibition ALALAÔ! QUE DROGA É ESSA?!” in Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro with Ronald Duarte, Janaína Tschäpe and Ernesto Neto. In 2017 they showed “UTUPYA” in the gallery A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro. In 2016 they took part in the 32nd Biennial of São Paulo “Incerteza Viva” and in 2015, they participated in the 12th Biennial of La Habana, Cuba. In 2014, they were invited to the 9th Taipei Biennial in Taiwan.

 

OPAVIVARÁ!'s works are part of the collections of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo; Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection I MAM Rio, Rio de Janeiro; Guggenheim Museum, USA.

 

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