Anais-karenin is an artist, writer and researcher. Her practice is intimately engaged with plants, evoking them as ancestry. She investigates the liminal states between materials and gradations of belonging to each other, evoking mixture and abdicating pure categories. Her works deal with the cultivation of plant systems, plant medicine, installation, fieldwork, collaborations, sound, image and action-introjections, and start from the concept of interdependence between visible and invisible things. She considers that listening to plants calls for intimacy and intuition, which make up her creative methodology. Guided by a symbiotic speculation, she allies herself with animism and mythological thought to critically reflect on history, language, territory and science.
She researched traditional methodologies with medicinal herbs for 9 years inspired by the cosmovisions of her ancestors from  "sertão" (a dry, rural area in northeastern Brazil), from where arise the main questions and myths that guides her works.

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Anais-karenin é artista, escritora e pesquisadora. Doutoranda no PPGAV-USP, Pesquisadora Visitante na Universidade Waseda (JP), mestre em Artes pelo PPGArtes-UERJ, ela estuda e incorpora sistemas de conhecimento tradicionais sobre plantas medicinais.
Sua prática é intimamente engajada com plantas, evocando-as como ancestralidade. Investiga os estados liminares entre as matérias e as gradações de pertencimento umas às outras, evocando a mistura e abdicando de categorias puras. Seus trabalhos se tratam do cultivo de sistemas vegetais, medicinas de plantas, instalação, trabalhos de campo, colaborações, som, imagem e ações-introjeções, e partem do conceito de interdependência entre coisas visíveis e invisíveis. Considera que a escuta das plantas convoca intimidade e intuição, as quais compõem sua metodologia criativa. Guiada por uma especulação simbiótica, alia-se ao animismo e ao pensamento mitológico para refletir sobre história, linguagem, território e ciência.
Pesquisou metodologias tradicionais com ervas medicinais durante 9 anos, inspirada nas cosmovisões de seus antepassados dos sertões cearense e mineiro, de onde surgem as principais questões e mitos que orientam seus trabalhos.

2021 ~ Visiting Research Fellow  Waseda University, Department of International Culture and Communication Studies (Japan)
2019 ~ PhD in Visual Poetics University of São Paulo|USP  (Brazil)
2018 MA in Culture and Contemporary Art University of Rio de Janeiro|UERJ (Brazil)
2016 BA in Visual Arts University of Rio de Janeiro|UERJ (Brazil)
2017 Butoh Dance Studies with the Masters Tadashi Endo and Yoshito Ohno

Member of bio-aesthetics research group metaPhorest (Japan)
Integrant of experimental sound project Meteoro (Brazil)
Member of ecoartspace (US)


Based in Tokyo- Japan and São Paulo-Brazil

SOLO

2021 (un)visual latency, Uradana Gallery, Sumida Expo, presented by Ona Project Room (Tokyo-JP)
2019 Invisible/immaterial, High Pop Gallery (Tokyo-JP)
2017 Inside | Forest | Inside Out, OMISE Space (Tokyo-JP) 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2022 Gallery Kobo Chika (Tokyo-JP) (upcoming)
2022 Mettazine, curated by Alliwen, Goethe Institute Tokyo, Buoy Space (Tokyo-JP) (upcoming)
2022 PARADISE HOUR, PARADISE AIR (Matsudo-JP)
2022 Anthropocene beyond the fork, Tsukuba Art Cycle, curated by Noriko Yamanaka (Tsukuba-JP)
2022 Performar Circuitos, curadoria Dudu Tsuda e Priscila Arantes, Galpão Cru (São Paulo-Brazil)
202the breath below, Kunstverein Göttingen (Dresden-DE)
2021 Künstlers äus Gebäud f:, Berlin Art Week (Berlin-DE)
2021 SANAR SONAR, with Meteoro, Festival Sur Aural (Bolivia)
2021 Radio Otherwise, with Meteoro, Archival Community, Floting University (Berlin-DE)
2021 A extinção do silêncio, Piscina, SP Art Viewing Room
2021 in a room, over round found, TOTAN Gallery (Tokyo-JP)
2020 Não é o céu, lá fora?, curated by Paulo Gallina, Galeria Tato (São Paulo-BR)
2020 CoVideo-19, curated by  Bianca Bernardo (Online)
2020 397Flix, by Thais Rivitti and Raphael Escobar (Online)
2019 Com os olhos no céu da boca, CCCSP (São Paulo-BR)
2019 Mostra do Filme Livre, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (many cities-BR)
2019 FUNES, Niji Gallery (Tokyo-JP)
2019 Bienal do Sertão, Piauí Museum (Teresina-BR)
2018 Projeto Estufa”, curated by Daniela Thomas and Mari Nagem, SPFW46, Arca (São Paulo-BR)
2018 Achados e Perdidos, curated by Marcelo Campos, Gustavo Schnoor Gallery (Rio de Janeiro-Brazil)
2018 9+1, curated by Pollyana Quintella, Centro de Artes UFF (Niterói-BR)
2017 Políticas Incendiárias, Centro Municipal de Artes Helio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2017 Nuit Blanche, MAC - Museum of Contemporary Arts (Niterói-BR)
2017 Experiência 9+1, curated by Pollyana Quintella, Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2016 Festival Mais Performance, OiFuturo Ipanema (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2016 Indisciplinas, with Meteoro, Casa França-Brasil (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2016 Das Virgens em Cardumes, by Daniela Labra, Bispo do Rosário Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2016 4QUINA, Galeria A Gentil Carioca  (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2016 O Teu Osso é Pedra, performance, Galeria Mercedes Viegas (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2016 Do teus olhos, os gestos, curated by Ivair Reinaldim, Paço Imperial (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2015 Festival Novas Frequências #5, Delivered in Voices, Atelier do Tunga (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2015 Primaverinha, curated by João Paulo Quintella, Oi Futuro Flamengo (Rio de Janeiro-BR)

NOMINATIONS | GRANTS | FELLOWSHIPS

2022 Fellowship, Doctoral Sandwich, Ministry of Education CAPES (BR)
2021 Grant, QOL Matsudo Art Award PARADISE AIR (JP)
2018 Shortlisted for 14o SNAI - Salão de Artes de Itajaí, competition (BR)
2018 Shortlisted for 15o Salão de Artes de Ubatuba, competition (BR)
2016 Fellowship, National Council CNPq (BR)
2015 Fellowship, Ministry of Education CAPES (BR)

RESIDENCIES | RESEARCH

2022 ZAO EXPO, Togatta Residence (Miyagi-JP)
2022 Kumonodaira Artist in Residence Program (Toyama-JP)
2021 PARADISE AIR Artist in Residency, QOL Matsudo Art Award (Chiba-JP)
2021  - m(-u-)lti-yo(-u-)u-s-m(-u-)lti- Laboratory, Torhaus Whelen (Dresden-DE)
2021  八峰町半農半X (Akita-JP)
2020 Vírus-19, Online Residency
2017 Rice Valley Projects, Artist in Residency (Kyoto-JP)
2016 Bispo do Rosário Museum Residency, Das Virgens em Cardumes (BR)
2016 Researcher at  IArtes Project  “Indicative Experiences, Printing, Reproduction and Engraving Devices” (BR)
2015 Researcher at FAPERJ Project “Landscapes: Displacement and Overlap" (BRl)
2015 Co-coordinatior of "Elastrônica", technologies classes for women's and sound experiments (BR)
2014 Movimento sem Satélite, Art Immersion, Nuvem - Hacklab Rural (BR)

Researcher at GEAA (Art Asia Studies) from University of São Paulo and Kinyokai (Japanese Studies)
Associated to Silo - Arte e Latitude Rural until 2020, coordination of "EncontrADA - Tecnologias e Saberes Ancestrais" 

PUBLICATIONS

O Grande Som, visual essay, Revista Vazantes (academic journal), volume 04, n.2
Incerteza do Inanimado, (book) Estado de Alerta!, ANPAP Sudeste
Limites Imaginados, visual essay, Revista Vazantes (academic journal), volume 03, n.2
Paisagens Suspensas nas Obras de Kishio Suga, article, Revista Poiésis (academic journal), volume 21, n.36
Gélido Sertão,  Arte e Memória em Tempos de Crise, UFRJ
Interstícios da Matéria, Revista Concinnitas (academic journal), volume 20, n.35
A Ruína como Potência, (book) 4 Estado de Alerta!, ANPAP Sudeste 
Entre Tanto Céu e Tanto Chão, at  "Das Virgens em Cardumes" (printed book), Editora Martins Fontes
Dupla Face,  at  "Indícios" (printed book), organized by Inês de Araújo, UERJ

LECTURES | WORKSHOPS | ARTIST TALKS

2022 Seminar, The 3rd Global Conference Strengthening Synergies Between the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Org. United Nations, United Nations University, Tokyo, JP

2022 Teaching Assistant, Prof. Pedro Erber, Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, JP
2022 Seminar, "Not to swallow, to let oneself be swallowed: for a review of the Modern Art Week", Salamanca University, Spain
2021 Lecture, "Symbiotic Spaces: Arts, Science & Research", Ochanomizu University (JP)
2021 Lecture, "Symbioancestor", BioSummit 5.0 
2021Artist Talk, "Gélido Sertão", Quebraquina (seminar), Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ)
2019 Laboratory, "Symbiotic Spaces", Ateliê Nossa Casa, São Paulo University (USP)
2019 Laboratory, "Notação Floral", plant and sound creations, SESC Vila Mariana (BR)
2019 Lecture,“Other Borders”, II Cosmic Congress in Ecology of Practices (APPH)
2018 Workshop,  "Conexão com as Plantas", herb traditional knowledges, SPFW46, Projeto Estufa (São Paulo-BR)
2018 Lecture, ANPAP Sudeste (congress), Modern Art Museum of Niterói (MAC/Niterói)
2017 Workshop, "Conexão com as Plantas", herb traditional knowledges, EncontrADA, Silo (BR)
2016 Artist Talk, Congresso Preservação de Video para Milênios, Arquivo Nacional (Rio de Janeiro-BR)
2016 Artist Talk, “Gélido Sertão”, Seminário Indícios, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
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