who is she

Sylvia Morgado is a cross media artist and writer. Her practice reflects her passion for words. Graduated in the MA Writing: Imaginative Practice at the University of East London, she uses thought provoking techniques to engage spectators. Her work assembles text, storytelling, installation, performance and interactivity, exploring the senses; leading visitors to a participatory multi-sensory experience.

Recent projects includes also video and sound. Is common in her works the use of recycled materials and typewriters. Her stories are short and at the same time poetical and sharp; fragments of everyday life.

In London, she performed at the Victoria & Albert Museum; has done an interactive residency at the Barbican Centre, as part of the project Hack the Barbican, and has exhibited and performed at Debut Contemporary Gallery. In Los Angeles, Morgado exhibited and was part of group exhibitions at the Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), the Hudison Lindk Gallery and FlagStop, an alternative contemporary arts event.

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.

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 Concret Poetry, Modern Literature, Tropicália and Bossa Nova are some references in Morgado’s works.

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


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

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

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


2013/14 “Wiki-Art Residency” – Development of a mobile app with the others to create stories in collaboration for the “Wiki-Art Challenge” that will be presented in April in Brussels – Nantes, London & Brussels – From Dec/13 – May/14

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

Forthcoming/ ongoing PROJETCS/ EXHIBITIONS

2013 “THE HOUSE OF INSOMNIA” – Interactive sound installation in collaboration with
interactive designer Imeh Akpan. Having spent lots of sleepless nights, the artist begun collecting sounds that were keeping her awake, a way to justify day yawns and try to cope with the issue, making fun of its own misery – London, UK – Since Jan/14

2013I gave myself to you and… I saw myself” – art installation – three boxes and mirror – July/Aug 13

2011/12 ‘I’ll go back home… one day!’ – Emotional fragment world map – ongoing project – London, UK- Since April 2011

2012 ‘Carnival affair’ – Text, photo & video installation – ongoing project – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil & London, UK – Since Feb 2012


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

2014 FET-ART Final Event – ICT & Art Connect – Show and presentation of the results of the Wikiart residency – European Comission, Brussels – 10-12 May

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

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

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 13

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

2011/2012 – Free Advice – performance at V&A Museum – Friday Late – Brazil Hot – London, UK – 27th Jan 2012

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

2011 LAB at 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

‘If I can’t remember it wasn’t me’: interactive performance installation;

‘Untitled’: an interactive story telling installation;

‘Free Advice’: a writer’s performance;

‘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 told 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/10



2010, 23secondsthat’s how long our love affair lasts; Unbound magazine and website – London, UK

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