TALES FREY (Catanduva, SP, Brazil. 1982) lives and works between Brazil and Portugal. He produces works supported by visual and scenic arts. At this time, he is developing a research in his Post-Doctorate course at the CEHUM – University of Minho.He got a Doctorate degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at theUniversity of Coimbra in Portugal and BA degree in Theatre Direction at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He also did a specialisation in Contemporary Artistic Practices and a MA degree in Art Theory and Criticism at the University of Porto. He is represented by Verve Gallery from Sao Paulo.
Some of his works belongs in strong art collections: Biennial Foundation of Cerveira in Portugal; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal; Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi – MAC Niteroi, 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 and Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura de Puebla in Mexico.
Received the Acquisition Premium Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira in the XIX International Biennial of Art Cerveira (2017) and Honorable Mention in the 2nd Gaia International Biennial of Art 2017. 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).In 2018/2019, he received two supports for the artistic internationalization: one in dance by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and another by the Porto City Council through the Shuttle program.
Live, among the main places, he showed works in the following contexts: A! Performance Festival no Akureyri Art Museum em Akureyri na Islândia; The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand; Performance Platform Lublin at Galeria Labirynt in Poland; Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival at Defibrillator Gallery in Chicago; SESC Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Athens Museum Of Queer Arts (AMOQA) in Athens; ATMO in Berlin; SESC Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro; Teatro Municipal Rivoli in Oporto; Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro; MIRADA Festival at SESC Santos in Brazil; DARC in London; XX Queer Lisbon; Project Mix Dança at SESC Palladium; Presença Permeável at Praça das Artes/Fundação Theatro Municipal de São Paulo; Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente in Coimbra; Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro; Funarte in São Paulo; Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro; among others.
With the Cia. Excessos, Tales showed the following exhibitions: In Dance Positions at the Helio Oiticica Municipal Art Center in Rio de Janeiro under the curatorship of Daniela Labra; Functional Metaphors for Bodies in Space at Galeria Monumental in Lisbon; Entries for a Body at the Federal Justice Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro under curatorship by Raphael Fonseca; To be Privy at the Corner Window Gallery in Auckland in New Zealand curated by Rob Garrett; The Island at the gallery Sput&Nik The Window in Oporto curated by Susana Rodrigues; Sob (Ul)trajes e Gozos at the Júlio Dinis Museum – An Ovarian House under the curatorship of Suianni Macedo; (Tra)vestir um Fa(c)to at the MIRA Space in the city of Porto under the curatorship of José Maia.
Among the collective exhibitions, festivals and other events where he participated, we highlight: BienalSur in Buenos Aires, Argentina; XX International Art Biennial of Cerveira to which he was invited; XIX International Art Biennial of Cerveira; II International Biennial of Gaia Art; tpa Exchange at the Galleria Moitre in Turin; I Maia Biennial; Kuala Lumpur 7th Triennial – Barricade; The Biennial 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF6); The Kitchen in New York at the launch of the Emergency Index Vol.1; among others.
With Paulo da Mata, he held the following curatorships that are highlighted: Carolee Schneemann’s Paintings at Queer Porto IV – Queer International Film Festival in Porto, Portugal; Mostra Performatus #2 at SESC Santos in 2017; Mostra Performatus #1 at the Central Galeria de Arte in São Paulo in 2014; ÁguaAr by Suzana Queiroga at the Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura (CAAA) in Guimarães in 2015; Trabalha-Dores do Cu at Maus Hábitos in Oporto in 2015; among others.
As a teacher, he taught in the module Corporal Expression in the technical course of Dramatic Art at SENAC Catanduva; he taught courses in several units of the SESC in the state of Sao Paulo (SESC CPF – Centro de Pesquisa e Formação, SESC 24 de Maio, SESC Bauru, SESC Rio Preto, SESC Campinas, SESC Piracicaba, SESC Sorocaba, SESC Santos, among others); he taught at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto; and in various institutions.
He was selected for the following artistic residencies: Zsenne Gallery in Brussels (Belgium, 2018), MIRA Artes Performativas in Oporto (Portugal, 2017), Fjúk Arts Center in Húsavík (Iceland, 2015/2016). Invited by NEC – Núcleo de Experimentação Coreográfica to integrate the 6X6 artistic residency program, held in the Monastery of São Bento da Vitória Oporto. Selected to an artist residency at the Textilsetur Íslands in Blönduós in Iceland.
He is a founding member of the electronic magazine Performatus and also the duo Cia. Excessos. Author of the book Critical Discourses Through the Visual Poetics of Márcia X. and organizer, with Paulo da Mata, the publication Evocations of the Performing Arts (2010-2013) and the book Fifteen Years of My Life, wrote Loïe Fuller, among others.