Valeska Soares

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1957





Valeska Soares’ sculptures and installations use a wide range of materials, including mirrors, reflective surfaces, books, antique objects and furniture, marble and flasks of perfume. In two or three-dimensional media, her oeuvre engenders a complex web between time and memory, invoking objects and the human body on the verge of disappearing. Starting from an active creation of absence, her works unravel the ambivalence of memory in a delicate balance between permanence and impermanence. The materials used, like the memory Soares frequently takes up as a subject, is erased or blocked out, but this very disappearance creates a singular effect.

Among her recent solo exhibitions are
Equivalentes, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil (2022); Entrementes, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil (2019); Any Moment Now, Phoenix Museum, Phoenix, USA (2018) e Unfold, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA (2017). She has also participated in the group show Brasil Futuro: Formas da Democracia, Museu da República, Brasília, Brazil (2023); Movement: The Legacy of Kineticism, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA (2022), 16h Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2022); GLASSTRESS, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, USA (2021) and Understudies, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany(2021).

Valeska Soares has works in important public collections, such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA; Daros Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland; Fundação Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; Fundación “La Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; MAC-USP, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; MARCO – Museu de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico; MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Nova York, USA and Tate Modern, London, Reino Unido