Adriana Varella

Opening Reception for Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella

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Opening Reception for Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella
November 16, 2017 6:00 PM
November 16, 2017 9:30 PM
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
October 30, 2017
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Adriana Varella


Join us at the Opening Reception for Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella

Performance by Raquel Maveck (QueefCore-music) at 7 PM


Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS)-Adriana Varella is on view at the Bureau from November 16, 2017 through January 14, 2018  Sunday, January 21, 2018.


Artist’s statement:

Seventeen years ago I left Brazil to San Francisco and after NYC, as my work started being the object of censorship. Today a number of progressive and queer shows are being shut down as extreme alt-right conservative groups gain strength in Brazil and worldwide. This exhibition is a protest against repression and censorship. 

About the works in Getting Lost in Oneself (PrOceSS):

In Cracks in Civilized Landscapes an experimental-video-performance, where we challenge architecture as patriarchal authority. In this work, Adriana Varella and her girlfriend are filmed having sex in a number of public, and somewhat “sacred” spaces: church, castle, museum, bank and other monuments such as Rio de Janeiro’s City Council, the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Military Fortress of Urca, Rio se Janeiro, the Eiffel Tower, Paris, etc etc . As we fuck, we attempt to subvert their sacred, heroic and sexist dimension. We infiltrate these buildings to decipher the oppressive power beyond their formal aspect and use sex as a revolutionary process of desecration. In New configurations for queer families Orion proposes a debate that defies normative concepts of family (as a reductive model of authoritarian state) as they play with images of polygamy and orgies. Orion also presents Barricades, in which they defy the police state as they steal NYPD barricades and transform them into art objects. In Manhattan Bridge, Jack and David collect trans man images from the internet and bring them to life in a large scale painting with the Manhattan Bridge walking pass in the background.



Adriana Varella will talk with curator Denise Carvalho and the artist: January 11th, 7 PM