Beatriz Franco

Curriculum Vitae

Beatriz Franco was born in Salvador (Brazil) in 1976. She graduated in Psychology in 1999. Self-taught photographer, she began shooting at the age of 7. She studied with the Argentine painter Alejandro Kantemiroff, with him she developed the use of drawing as a tool to investigate and express the unconscious. She improved this
concept in the following years through her photography work. Since 2001 she has been invited to show in numerous collective and solo exhibitions: Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Museu Afro-Brasil de São Paulo, Bienal do Recôncavo, Instituto Goethe, Centro Cultural da Caixa, Aliança Francesa, Associação Cultural Brasil Estados Unidos, Carla Sozzani Galeria, Galeria Candido Portinari, among others. She is the youngest artist included in the book “A História da Fotografia na Bahia 1839-2006”. Her work is part of the collection of MAM-BA (Modern Art Museum - Bahia). In 2009 the Bahia Cultural Fund assigned her a fellowship for an artistic residency in Italy. In 2010 she won the Contemporary Brazilian Art Award of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, with the work realized in Italy. Lives and works between São Paulo and Salvador, Brazil. Beatriz is a visual artist that uses photography as her main tool of creative expression. Her work is strongly based on the concepts of timing, existence, unconscious, simultaneity and the relationship of the human kind with itself and with nature, here understood as space. The image sequences that she composes often create "short stories" in which "the detail may mean the whole and vice-versa" (Roberta Gibillini, Italy 2011), synthesizing the thought that everything belongs to the same macrocosms which we are part, despite any possible control over it. This concept is already present at the pre-Socratic philosophy when Anaxagoras states for the first time, in V BC, that: "There is no atom in space that does not contain the universe, nor universe that is not also an atom." Thus establishing a dialogue with the human being, with its presence in nature, with its own human nature, with time, with the word.

Solo Exhibitions

 2011 Il Mare Che Resta – Candido Portinari Gallery, Brazilian Embassy, Rome, Italy
Il Mare Che Resta – Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan, Italy
2008 CalaFrio – Mônica Filgueiras Art Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
2001 Nunca Vi o Mundo –Calasans Neto Gallery, Salvador, Brazil

Group Exhibitions

2010 Modern Art Museum MAM-BA - Salvador, Brazil
Casa da Lapa - São Paulo, Brazil
2008 IX International Film and Audiovisual Seminar – Salvador, Brazil
Oficina da Luz, São Paulo, Brazil
2007 The Photography in Bahia 1839/2006 – Afro-Brazil Museum – São Paulo, Brazil
Paulo Darzé Art Gallery – Photograph Circuit i-contemporâneo – São Paulo, Brazil
Art for Today - Galeria Acbeu - Salvador, Brazil
Art Circuit 2007 - Brazil-USA Cultural Association (Acbeu) Gallery – Salvador, Brazil
2006 VIII Recôncavo Bienal – São Félix, Brazil
The Photography in Bahia 1839/2006 – Museum of Modern Art Bahia – Salvador, Brazil
2005 Art For Today – Goethe Institut – Salvador, Brazil
Empuxo – Audiovisual circuit - Brazil-USA Cultural Association Gallery – Salvador, Brazil
2004 Art for Sale 2004 – Brazil-USA Cultural Association (Acbeu) Gallery – Salvador, Brazil
14 artists of Bahia – Alliance Française – Salvador, Brazil
Visualidades – Saint Luzia Shed – Salvador, Brazil
2003 V International Cultural Market – Caixa Cultural Center – Salvador, Brazil
2002 Mafagafas – Brazil-USA Cultural Association Gallery – Salvador, Brazil
2001 I Amostra de Arte de Santo Antônio de Jesus. (1rst Santo Antônio de Jesus Art Exhibition)
Participation with drawings on photographically enlarged negatives. Curated and organized by
Marepe - Santo Antônio de Jesus, Brazil
Mestiçagem (Becoming Mestizo)– Exhibit of drawings on photographically negatives enlarged on
photographic processed papers – together with the artist Andrea May, who displayed plotted
drawings –Moacir Moreira Gallery, XVIII Theater – Salvador, Brazil
Rádio Bazar – Exhibit of drawings on photographically negatives and projections – together with17
artists, including: Caetano Dias, Ieda Oliveira, Virgínia Medeiros, Ayrson Heráclito, Gaio, Paulo Pereira,
Marepe – Jequitaia Station - Salvador, Brazil
Sopro (Blow) – Exhibit of photographs and written phrases, integrated with the projects: Relato de
Ossos Feridos (Story of Wounded Bones), by the artist Sandra Del Carmen, and Santa Fábula
(Sacred Fable), by Marcondes Dourado. – Gil Santana Theater - Salvador, Brazil
Museum Collections
MAM-Bahia (Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil)