who is she

Sylvia Morgado is a mixed media artist and writer who had exhibited in the UK and internationally. Making the use of thought provoking techniques to engage spectators, her body of work assembles text, storytelling, installation, performance and interactivity, exploring the senses; leading visitors to a participatory multi-sensory experience.

Recent projects include also painting, photography, video, sound. Is common in her work the use of recycled materials and typewriters. Her practice reflects her passion for words (written or spoken) and her stories are short and at the same time poetical and sharp; fragments of everyday life.

Her work is a mixture of different interests and cultural influences. Interactivity is an outstanding point in her works, which has influences of artists such Helio Oiticica, one of the pioneers in the viewer participation movement, Neo-Concretism, Fluxus, Conceptual and Pop Art, besides Concrete Poetry, Modern Literature, Tropicália and Bossa Nova are some references in Morgado’s works.

In London, Morgado performed at the Victoria & Albert Museum; completed a residency at the Barbican Centre, as part of the project Hack the Barbican, interacting directly with participants; and has exhibited and performed at Debut Contemporary Gallery. In Los Angeles, she was part of group exhibitions at the Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) and FlagStop – an alternative contemporary arts event, as well as she had her works shown at the Hudison Lindk Gallery.

Morgado has three self-published books: “It happens!”; very short stories, “Untitled,” a poetic prose in dialogue format; and “23seconds”, a collection of 23 short stories of everyday life. All of them are part of performance installations.

Born in Rio de Janeiro (1977), Brazil. Lives and works in London.


2015 Foundation Arts & Design Mary Ward Centre – London, UK

2009-2010 MA Writing: Imaginative Practice – University of East London, UK

1995-1998 BA Social Communications – Journalism – UniverCidade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1995-1996 BA English Literature – UERJ Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (not completed)


2016 Shortlisted to the Ibero-American Arts Award exhibition – Sala Brasil, Embassy of Brazil London, UK – 15 Nov – 8Dec

2014 Awarded “Best Brazilian Visual Artist in the UK” by the Brazilian International Press Awards Reino Unido – Park Plaza Westminster Hotel – London, UK – Nov

2013 Awarded “Best Brazilian Visual Artist in the UK” by the Brazilian International Press Awards Reino Unido – Embassy of Brazil London, UK – Sept

2013 “Wiki-Art Challenge” Award presented by Wiki-Art @ Art + Tech Hackathon – NEM Summit – Nantes, France – 29-29 Oct


2013/14Wiki-Art Residency” – Collaborative development of a mobile app to create stories in collaboration for the “Wiki-Art Challenge”. The result was presented at the European Commission – Nantes, London & Brussels – From Dec/13 – April/14

2013INTERATIVOS” – Artist in residence. The artist was working in an opened space in order facilitate collaboration with other residents and visitors-participants @ Barbican Centre as part of “Hack the Barbican” – 06-18 Aug

Forthcoming PROJETCS/ work in PROGRESS

2014/2015 “Meditation” – video installation with a series of short videos of 30” to 1’ in looping – in edition. Access for some of the videos at http://vimeo.com/80952374 – Rio de Janeiro, London, Bristol, Aldeburgh, Margate, Moscow, Madrid, Paris, Porto & Lisbon.

2012/15 “Carnival affair”/ “(Real) Carnival” – text, photo, video and objects installation inspired by backstage moments of an ephemeral street Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and an attempted mugging – ongoing project – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil & London, UK

2013/14 “If I can’t remember it wasn’t me” – installation – Text, empty booze bottles. All of them have a history of when they were emptied and the texts are written by the artist or participants in small pieces of paper that are placed inside them – ongoing project – London, UK – Since March 2013

2014 “23seconds” – NEW EDITION – storytelling installation. Collection of 23 very short stories of the quotidian; all written is 23 bits and framed individually – London, UK – 2010/14

2013/15 “Por onde andei” – geometric pavement images collected randomly – Rio de Janeiro, Londres, Berlin, Paris, Bordeaux, Madrid, Lisboa.

2013/14 “THE HOUSE OF INSOMNIA” – interactive sound installation in collaboration with sound artist Imeh Akpan – London, UK

Since 2013 “If I can’t remember it wasn’t me” – installation – Text, bottles. Empty booze bottles with stories written by participants and placed inside them – London, UK – Since March 2013

2013 “Don’t forget who you’re” – mirror facing a wood panel with the sentence “don’t forget who you’re” painted repeatedly – London, UK – Oct

Since 2011I’ll go back home… one day!” – emotional fragment world map – ongoing project – London, UK- Since April 2011


2014 “Untitled”: An interactive storytelling installation. A collaboration with musical producer and DJ Fra Jester (music) – Expoart Brazil UK – Brazilian Embassy of London – 26th to 29th Nov

2014 “(NO) REGRETS2 / performance installation for the launch of collective exhibition Conscientia: Latin American Consciousness” – Lloyds Club – London, UK – 10th June

2014 FET-ART Final Event – ICT & Art Connect – Show and presentation of the results of the Wikiart

residency – European Commission, Brussels – 10-12 May

2013Lost Soles” – London Design Festival @ Lost Soles Pop-up Gallery. 38 Earlham St WC2H 9LH – London, UK – 14-22 Sept

2013INTERATIVOS” residency / solo exhibition @ Barbican Centre as part of “Hack the Barbican” – 06-18 Aug

2013 “When you look into the mirror” – performance installation (participants are invited to sit in front of a mirror and write down on a notebook what they see) @ Barbican Centre as part of “Hack the Barbican” – 06-18 Aug

2013I gave myself to you and… I saw myself” – art installation – three boxes and mirror developed during the INTERATIVOS residency @ Barbican Centre as part of “Hack the Barbican” – 06-18 Aug

2013 “Regrets” – Performance installation that later become a video once the matchboxes with the regrets where burned in a symbolic ritual to let go of the regrets @ Barbican Centre as part of “Hack the Barbican” – 31 Aug

2013 INTERATIVOS + StoryHack.org one-day workshop @ Barbican Centre as part of “Hack the Barbican” – 31 Aug

2012 ”I wish” – installation and video performance – Primorse Hill – London, UK – 06th Jan

2012 – “Free Advice” – performance at V&A Museum – Friday Late – Brazil Hot – London – 27th Jan

2011/2012 – London Calling” – Group exhibition at Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) – Los Angeles, USA – 21st Dec 2011 to 12th Jan 2012

2011 – Hudison ¦ Lindk Gallery – Group exhibition – Los Angeles, USA – Sept/Dec

2011LABat FlagStop – London Art Box (LAB) – Group exhibition of 13 UK based artists from Debut Contemporary who had a micro-gallery at FlagStop, an alternative contemporary arts event – Los Angeles, USA – 2nd to 4th Sept

2011 DEBUT Contemporary – Group exhibition – London, UK – May to August

“Free Advice”: a writer’s performance; “Untitled”: an interactive story telling installation; “It happens”: very short stories typewritten on a toilet tissue paper; “Stir me up!”: famous quotes written on wood stirrers and disposed inside a cup; “23seconds”: a collection of 23 very short stories written is 23 bits framed individually.

2011 “Sweet, Sweet, Sin”: an interactive installation – POETICAL Cabaret – London, UK – Feb

2011 “Untitled”: an interactive story telling installation – Made in East London – UEL Alumni showcase and network event – London, UK – Feb

2010 “Rio’s war”: Concrete poem displayed at the walls of the POETICAL Cabaret – London, UK – April.


2012 “23seconds” – Collection of short stories edited/printed by the artist in hand-made recycled paper. Loose pages wrapped with a red satin ribbon and placed in a box – London, UK

2011 “It happens”: very short stories typewritten on a toilet tissue roll – edited and typewritten by the author – edition of three – London, UK

2010 “Untitled”: book. Poetic prose; short story. Written, edited, printed and binding by the artist. White and silk paper Edition of 10 – London, UK – July

2010 “23seconds that’s how long our love affair lasts” – Poem published individually at Unbound online magazine – London, UK


2015 UCL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: “Writing in Portuguese in London”. Guest speakers: Andre Laurentino, Nara Vidal and Sylvia Morgado – UCL, Roberts Lecture Theatre – London, UK 19th May

2012 “Visual Arts – Brazilian artists in Europe: Network & Visibility”. Guest speakers: Márcia Martins da Rosa, Schirley Amaral, Sylvia Morgado, Valério de Oliveira – Hilton Canary Wharf, London, UK 21st Sept


2013 Coluna “Gente Boa”, O Globo (Column), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd Sept

2013  The Flaneur (article/ online magazine) “Hack the Barbican – experiments in art & technology”, 15 Aug 2013  (http://flaneur.me.uk/08/hack-the-barbican-experiments-in-art-technology-barbicancentre-htb2013/)

2013 Barbican Centre (daily twitters on the residency) @BarbicanCentre #HTB2013 – London, UK Aug

2012 Globonews (TV) “Papel higiênico vira obra de arte nas mãos da artista brasileira Silvia Morgado” 31st March http://glo.bo/H4HTCJ #globonews

2011 Coluna Ancelmo Gois, O Globo (article): “Arte no papel higienico” – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Dec

2011 Leros Magazine (article): Sylvia Morgado – London, UK June

2011 Brazilian News (Column): “Galeria Debut Contemporary e Brasil tudo a ver” – London, UK 18-24th Aug

2010 Canal Londres (interview): “Artistas brasileiras em londres – Sylvia Morgado” – London, UK – May http://www.canallondres.tv/artistas-brasileiros-em-londres-sylvia-morgado/

2010 Easy Reader News (article/ magazine) Easy Week – This Art Train is right on track – Full Stop pulls into Torrance for the Labor Day weekend – Los Angeles, California

2010 Brazilian News (review by Filipe Maciel): “Ultimos dias para ver trabalhos inusitados de artista brasileira” – London, UK – 07-14th July

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