Tales Frey



TALES FREY (Catanduva-Sao Paulo, Brazil) lives and works between Brazil and Portugal, he is represented by Verve Gallery from Sao Paulo. Transdisciplinary artist, Frey produces works supported by visual and scenic arts. Actually, he is developing a research in his Post-Doctorate course in Humanistic Studies at the CEHUM – University of Minho, to which he was invited to participate in the Group of Research in Performative Studies (GIEP).

He got a Doctorate degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, a specialization in Contemporary Artistic Practices and a MA degree in Art Theory and Criticism at the University of Porto and a BA degree in Theatre Direction at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Some of his works belongs in strong art collections: Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal; MUNTREF – Museos de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Biennial Foundation of Cerveira in Portugal; Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi –Niteroi-RJ, Brazil; Museum of Contemporary Art of Sao Paulo – MAC USP; Pinacoteca João Nasser of Catanduva in São Paulo State; MAM RJ – Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Received the Acquisition Premium Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira in the XIX International Biennial of Art Cerveira (2017), Honorable Mention in the 2nd Gaia International Biennial of Art 2017 and Honorable Mention in 17º Salão de Arte Contemporânea de Guarulhos (2021). Also, he got an award as “Best New Artist” in 18º Salão Contemporâneo in Salão de Artes Plásticas de Catanduva (annual event from São Paulo state). In 2006, he got an award of “Best Costume” in Aldeia FIT (Festival of Theatre from Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil). He received some supports to artistic internationalization: in dance by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2018), in performance by the Porto City Council through the Shuttle program (2019) and GDA Foundation (2019).

Live, among the main places, he showed works in the following contexts: Shame Gallery in Brussels, BienalSur in Buenos Aires, Argentina; A! Performance Festival  at the Akureyri Art Museum in Akureyri, Iceland; The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand; Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse, France; Porto Design Biennale in Porto, Portugal; Festival Internacional de Teatro de São José do Rio Preto in Brazil; Performance Platform Lublin at Galeria Labirynt in Lublin, Poland; III Biennial of Performance Art HORASperdidas in Monterrey, Mexico; Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival at Defibrillator Gallery in Chicago; Athens Museum Of Queer Arts (AMOQA) in Athens, Greece; ATMO in Berlim; SESC in Brazil; Teatro Municipal Rivoli in Porto, Portugal; Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro; DARC – Documentation Action Research Collective in London; Municipal Theatre Foundation of São Paulo; Gil Vicente Municipal Theatre in Coimbra; Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro; and other contexts.

To 2022 and 2023, he has individual exhibitions planned to be showed at the Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland, Oficina Cultural Oswald Andrade in São Paulo; The Catete Palace (Museu da República) in Rio de Janeiro; Verve Gallery in São Paulo; Galeria Escada –Cultural Centre of the UFSJ; Art Gallery of the FURG, Rio Grande-RS, Brazil.

From the individual exhibitions and from the exhibitions with the Cia. Excessos, it can be highlighted: In Position of Dance at the Centro Municipal de Arte Helio Oiticica in Rio de Janeiro curated by Daniela Labra; Functional Metaphors for Bodies in Space at the Monumental Gallery in Lisbon; Five Activation Tactics at the Center for Art and Architecture Affairs (CAAA) in Guimarães, Portugal; Plots for a Body at the Federal Justice Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro curated by Raphael Fonseca; To be Privy at the Corner Window Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, curated by Rob Garrett; Sob (Ul)trajes e Gozos at Julio Dinis Museum in Portugal; (Tra)vestir um Fa(c)to at MIRA Space in Porto, Portugal.

Among the collective exhibitions, festivals and other events where he participated, it can be highlighted: (2019) La Videoperformance Internazionale at the MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma; BienalSur in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Melhor ser Filho da Outra at the Arte Londrina 7, curated by de Clarissa Diniz and Danillo Villa; Zabih Performance Festival in Lviv, Ukraine; The Performance Arcade – Video Series at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Auckland, New Zealand; Sattelite Art Show in New York City; Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey – FIVAC in Cuba; (2018) XX Internacional Art Biennial of Cerveira; (2016) tpa Exchange at the Galleria Moitre in Torino, Italy; (2013) Kuala Lumpur 7th Triennial – Barricade in Malaysia; (2012) FILMIDEO at the Index Art Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA; The Biennial 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF6); (2011) The Kitchen in New York at the launch of the Emergency Index Vol.1, among other.

Tales Frey was curator of these events: Aparelho (2019), Kill the President (2019) and Politic Clothes (2018) at the Maus Hábitos in Porto, Portugal. With Hilda de Paulo, Tales was curator of these events:  “Carolee Schneemann’s Filmic-Paintings” at the Queer Porto IV – Queer Internacional Cinema Festival in Porto; Mostra Performatus #2 at SESC Santos in 2017; Mostra Performatus #1 at the Central Galeria de Arte in São Paulo in 2014 and other.

He is an invited professor to learn Laboratory 6 in the BA in Theatre at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal. He learnt Body Expression at the SENAC Catanduva in São Paulo state in Brazil; He teached class in a lot of units of the SESC Sao Paulo and a single workshop at the Faculty of Leters in University of Porto and other institutions. 

He did some artistic residencies: Zsenne Art Lab in Brussels (2018 and 2019); MIRA Artes Performativas in Porto, Portugal (2017); Fjúk Arts Centre in Húsavík, Iceland (2015/2016); and NEC – Choreographic Experimentation Core at Sao Bento da Vitória Monastery in Porto, Portugal (2013).

He is a founding member of the electronic magazine Performatus and Cia. Excessos Studio. Author of the book Critical Discourses Through the Visual Poetics of Márcia X. and, with Hilda de Paulo, he is the organizer of the publication Evocations of the Performing Arts (2010-2013) and the book Fifteen Years of My Life, wrote by Loïe Fuller, among other.



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