Mariana Destro (b. 1993) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. She is a transdisciplinary artist graduated in Visual Arts from the University of Brasilia. Since 2015 she has participated in exhibitions in Brazilian cities such as Brasilia, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. Her artistic practice is focused on image-making through mixed media like video, performance, photography, and installation, often associated with curation.

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︎︎︎ CV
︎︎︎ Texts: Where the striptease ends by Thiago Granai (2021); Mariana Destro by Marília Panitz (2018)


Mariana Destro

(b. 1993) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. She is a transdisciplinary artist graduated in Visual Arts from the University of Brasilia. Since 2015 she has participated in exhibitions in Brazilian cities such as Brasilia, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. Her artistic practice is focused on image-making through mixed media like video, performance, photography, and installation, often associated with curation.

oi@marianadestro.com

︎︎︎ CV
︎︎︎ Texts: Where the striptease ends by Thiago Granai (2021); Mariana Destro by Marília Panitz (2018)



GUAVA Curation ︎︎︎ 2019 –



GUAVA is an online artist-run gallery. Founded in 2019, it is a curatorial platform for exhibitions and projects made especially for the internet. Focused on Latin American contemporary art by women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ artists and curators, GUAVA aims to build closer dialogue between artistic practices and the broader fields of society, never letting go of the ephemeral nature of a world in constant change.



Things that look worse in paintings Crypto art 2021


Things that look worse in paintings is a series of images taken with smartphones between 2020 and 2021 during social isolation. The images were posted on Instagram stories and tokenized as NFTs on Hic et Nunc. The title of the series is a reference to text 112 from The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon.



Nonada Artist's website ︎︎︎ 2019 – 2021



Nonada is a net art project composed of five videos, four texts, a virtual installation, and dozens of images. The result of approximately five months of digital file production in 2019, Nonada is a website that emulates the artist's desktop. The digital pieces are accessed by clicks according to the will of whoever is exploring the work. Strongly influenced by notions of psychoanalytic theory, post-pornography, and autofiction, the artist turned dreams, emotional and political experiences, and images such as nudes and gifs into a digital archive conceived as a hypermedia platform.



Mata virgem Painting 2020



1. Lourdes
    Mata virgem (Virgin forest) series
    acrylic and oil on canvas
    53 x 43 in

2. Vênus de Willendorf (Venus of Willendorf)
    Mata virgem (Virgin forest) series
    oil on 425 g/m² Hahnemühle paper
    9 x 12 in

3. Vênus de Renancourt (Venus of Renancourt)
    Mata virgem (Virgin forest) series
    oil on 425 g/m² Hahnemühle paper
    9 x 12 in

    Vênus de Monpazier (Venus of Monpazier)
    Mata virgem (Virgin forest) series
    oil on 425 g/m² Hahnemühle paper
    9 x 12 in



Rainforest Video 2019


Rainforest begins and ends with the same image of the sea at night. In it, just as in Por meio deste trabalho desejo seduzir (Through this work, I desire to seduce), the artist interacted as a camgirl with anonymous people she met online, this time as Maria Padilha, a pomba-gira free from castrating morals and ethics, and free from male domination. Seeking to articulate a decolonial critique, she juxtaposes to her performance excerpts of writings about Brazil by European authors that even today are a reference on how people in the west produce knowledge and meanings — with the only exception being Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, philosopher, and post-colonial militant. Full length: 12:36 min.



Monstera deliciosa Solo Exhibition 2018


In November 2018, Mariana Destro had an artist residency at Casa Voa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Upon arriving at the venue, there was no residency project. The artist chose to explore the thought that, in residency, there's a shift of environment strong enough to provoke new ideas. In her first couple of weeks in Rio, she walked around and collected material in thrift stores, flea markets, and street vendors. It resulted in the Monstera deliciosa series: three collages, a book object, and a video. Photography by Victor Jobim.



Floating gaze Video 2018


Floating gaze is a visual research on camming, that is, the act of performing certain activities, often sexual, in front of a webcam for viewers. Guided by a text that depicts a childhood memory, the video presents a fragment of Marguerite Duras and Alain Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour on a loop, overlapped by screen recordings of performing camgirls and self-portraits taken by the artist with digital devices such as smartphones and webcams. Full length: 3:46 min.



Jardim Solo Exhibition 2018


In October 2018, Mariana Destro held the exhibition “Jardim” (Garden), curated by Marília Panitz, at deCurators gallery (Brasilia, Brazil). For the occasion, the artist designed the gallery's vitrine, giving origin to the installation with the same title as the exhibition. Instigated by the polarity culture vs. nature, she worked on the idea that, as the dissident bodies, the unsubmissive nature is the target of the colonization project. Jardim would thus be nature's attempt to rid itself of culture. The garden has at its center the straw braid, an object that came to her in a dream. A sign from Oya. Photography by Jean Peixoto.



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