Vanessa da Silva: Stranger than Paradise

8 December 2017 to 28 January 2018

Battersea, StudioRCA

The land was kissed on the mouth
The seed sowed in the South under the burning Sun
Black, red, green, blue and white flavours
Relish tang
A restive feeling gave power to the wind
It reached one of seven continents 
A major island with no hammocks
On the way it collected strength from clashing tongues
Hispid steams
Fused hairs
Unrooted fruits 
An Inland rebound of an outland departure (VdS)

A- - -Z is proud to present Stranger than Paradise, the first solo exhibition in London by Brazilian artist Vanessa da Silva. The exhibition will consist in a sculptural installation and a live performance – both activating the space as well as exploring ideas of migration, nationality & the transformative effects that signs and symbols (have) (act) on people and cultural identities. The show will see recent works produced during her time at Ox-Bow Residency (USA) amongst others especially built for the show.

Using her own lived experiences as a starting point, being born and raised in Brazil, now living in London for the last decade, da Silva is interested in exploring the space between national traditions and the complicated borders where identities and cultures mix and meet.

Vanessa da Silva (b. 1976, São Paulo) lives and works in London. She graduated with an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art, London 2017 and a BA Honours Degree in Product Design from FAAP, São Paulo in 1999.

Exhibitions & projects include: Tati, Pandangle House/ Favela Erotica, London, 2007; Fur, curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, 2008; Fine Art WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; RCA Secret, Art Dubai, Mina A’ Salam, Dubai, 2016; With Institutions Like This…, curated by Victor Wang and Alex Meurice, Averard Hotel, London, 2016;, Dyson Gallery, London, 2016; Stuff We Did, Dyson Gallery, London, 2016; Carry On, Dyson Gallery, London, 2016; Seamless Territories, Blyth Gallery, London, 2017; Herland, Bosse and Baum Gallery, London, 2017, RCA Graduation Show, 2017, Ox-Bow Artists Residency, USA, 2017, Almacantar Studio Award, London, 2017–18.

Vanessa da Silva will also give an artist's talk on Saturday 9 December at StudioRCA as part of the Winter Trails: Remapping Nine Elms festival taking place between 18 November and 21 December 2017. 

Private View: 7 Dec, 6.30 – 8.30pm

1 Riverlight Quay
Nine Elms Lane