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Artist Josely Carvalho

Josely Carvalho

New York


Brazilian b. 1942   —   Josely Carvalho is a multimedia artist born in São Paulo, Brazil currently living in New York with studios in New York and Rio de Janeiro. In the last four decades, her artwork embraces several mediums and seeks to highlight memory, identity, women’s issues and social justice while consistently challenging frontiers between artist and public and art and politics. Her present project Diary of Smells is an on-going cross-disciplinary series of works where olfaction, a powerful connector to memory and emotions, is a protagonist among other typically dominant components in contemporary art. The inclusion of the olfaction, one’s first and last experienced sense, results from her long examination of our basic need to be sheltered in a moment in which the sense of home/nest is threatened by war, migration, refugees, instability, pandemic and the destruction of the environment - our collective shelter. In 2019, she received the International Art and Olfaction Sadakichi Award in experimental olfactory artwork for her installation Glass Ceiling: Resilience presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in São Paulo in 2018. She has recently shown her work in smell in exhibits at Harvestworks, NY, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janiero, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in São Paulo. In 2018, she was featured in the group exhibition Radical Women: Latin American art 1960-1985 at Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2018) and Hammer Museum, LA (2017). Josely has received grants and residencies from the Rockfeller Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Creative Capital, and the Pollock-Krasner foundation, among others. Diary of Images, a monograph with color reproductions, poems by the artist and critical texts written by Lucy Lippard, Julia P. Herzberg, Ana Mae Barbosa, Ivo Mesquita, Paulo Herkenhoff, and more, was published by Contra Capa Editora of Rio de Janeiro in 2018 and is currently available for purchase. To view videos of recent exhibitions and look at previous work, please visit and feel free to contact Josely for more information.

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