Fafi Prado

FAFI PRADO was born in 1970 in the city of Lorena (state of São Paulo). Since 1992 she has worked as an artist and art educator in São Paulo (city). She graduated from the Klauss Vianna School with a bachelor’s degree in dance as well as in social communication from the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. She completed her master’s degree in “Linguagens da Arte” (Languages of Art) at the Centro de Estudos Universitários Maria Antonia of the Universidade de São Paulo.
She was a member of various theatre and dance ensembles before dedicating herself to performance art and moving her work to the streets in 2005. She created the project “Matilha”, which deals with relational actions in shared spaces. Since then she has been exploring the in(ter)ventions and poetic unfoldings of the body-space on the street in her projects. The actions aim to create situations that allow potential relationships, with diversity lying at the core of the experience. The public is invited to participate by contributing personal testimonies and emotional states. Her work examines the event and the ephemerality of the artistic gesture. The encounter of the participants in everyday life situations creates a dynamic and open process, which gives way to new meanings and poetics. The projects aim to activate different modes of perception by intervening in the spaces and temporalities of everyday life. In this way, the urban context becomes an area for artistic and cultural interaction as well as for the exchange of knowledge between various social actors. The artistic gesture, which touches everyday life and directly addresses pedestrians tries to deconstruct norms of artistic language and create new possibilities for action in individual or dialogical processes. Based on the assumption that life and art intersect, her work follows the idea that each individual can transform his or her own living environment through creative exercise and aesthetic experience. As an artist and educator, Fafi Prado questions common practices as well as the contexts in which they are discussed. For five years she worked as a team leader, trainer and researcher in the Early Art Education Program (Programa de Iniciação Artística, PIÁ) of the Department of Culture of São Paulo. Both in the context of art and education (which are always linked), she promotes exchange and questions the place of the artist in society – his or her function, actuality and necessity.