Tales Frey

Re-banho (2010)


Tales Frey, Re-banho, 2010. Video, 11’33”. Edition: 5 + 2 P.A.

The Edition 1/5 + 2 P.A. is part of the collection from MAC USP / Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo. Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Edition 2/5 + 2 P.A. is part of the collection from Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi (MAC Niteroi), Niteroi, RJ, Brazil


The original name of this work is “Re-banho” (in Portuguese language), which means something like “wash again” and at same time means “herd”. There are two ideas in only one word. Nietzsche says that the “morality is the herd instinct in the person”. At same time that this performance shows some of that Nietzsche resounded, this work comes to emphasize how the model of Christian moral is castrating, which builds shame and guilt over the freedom of the subject.

The action consists in six people washing their bodies, in front of a church. The body is not displayed. All performers wash their bodies wetting their clothes.



Conception: Tales Frey | Invited Performers: Joana Lleys, Lizi Menezes, Miguel Ambrizzi, Paula Guedes, Tales Frey and Tânia Dinis | Length of the action: 1h | Production: Cia. Excessos | Porto, Portugal 2010




[2010] Santo Ildefonso Church, Porto, Portugal.



[2021] What Can a Body Do? SP-Arte 365 and Verve Gallery, São Paulo-SP, Brazil.

[2020] SP-Photo Viewing Room. Galeria Verve. São Paulo-SP, Brazil.

[2018] Exhibition Entanglements for a Body. Curated by Raphael Fonseca. Federal Justice Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

[2018] Collective exhibition Only if it is in the Bottom of the Sea. Curated by Yiftah Peled, Marcos Martins and Hugo Fortes. Center of Art and Research (GAP), Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES), Vitoria, ES, Brazil.

[2017] Temporal Festival. Asuncion, Paraguay.

[2016] In All As It Is World Said or Not Said. Cinema Batalha, Desobedoc 2016, April 29, 2016. Curated by José Maia. Porto, Portugal.

[2016] PerfoArtNet: V International Biennial of Performance. Curated by Consuelo Pabón. Bogotá, Colombia.

[2016] ENAPE – National Performance Meeting. Curated by Laura Lubozac. Pachuca de Soto, Hgo., Mexico.

[2016] Exhibition In State Of War. Organization by Hilda de Paulo and Tales Frey. Academic Theater of Gil Vicente, Coimbra, Portugal.

[2015] CÓDEC Video Festival and Sound Creations. Mexico City, Mexico.

[2015] Show IN DEFERRED. 7th Meeting of Action in Vivo and Deferred, SEIS MANOS, Bogotá, Colombia.

[2015] Collective exhibition Multiple Perspectives and Not Less Contradictions and Dreams. Curated by José Maia. I Biennial of Maia: Places of Journey, Maia, Portugal.

[2015] Collective exhibition (Tra)vestir um fa(c)to. Curated by José Maia. Espaço MIRA, Porto, Portugal.

[2015] Collective exhibition tpa ExchangeCurated by Manuela Macco and Guido Salvini. Galleria Moitre, Torino, Italy.

[2014] Collective exhibition Fashion and Religiosity in Body Marks. Organization by Tales Frey. SESC Rio Preto, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil.

[2014] Body (I)materialized. Curated by Hilda de Paulo and Tales Frey. Mostra Performatus # 1, Central Art Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

[2013] Collective exhibition Fashion and Religiosity in Body Marks. Organization by Tales Frey. SESC Campinas, SP, Brazil.

[2013] Collective exhibition Fashion and Religiosity in Body Marks. Organization by Tales Frey. Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, Portugal.

[2013] Rapid Pulse Festival Performance Art 2013: Video Series. Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, USA.

[2013] torinoPERFORMANCEART Festival 2013. Curated by Guido Salvini. Torino, Italy.

[2013] Kuala Lumpur 7th Triennial – Barricade. Curated by Kok Siew Wai. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

[2012] Collective exhibition Transits / Visuals. Curated by José Cirilo and Marcos Martins. Ibero-American Seminar “Poetics of Creation”, Vitória, Brazil.

[2012] KLEX in Georgetown. Penang, Malaysia.

[2012] XII Art History Week FLUP. Faculty of Letters, University of Porto, Oporto, Portugal.

[2012] The Biennial 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF6). Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Bangkok, Thailand.

[2011] The 2nd Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival 2011 – KLEX. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

[2011] Direct Action 2011. Institut Für Alles Mögliche. Berlin, Germany.


Tales Frey, Re-banho. Performance art realized in Porto, Portugal. October 2010. Photo by Marcos Guilherme, 50,7 x 76 cm. Edition: 5 + 2 P.A.


Tales Frey, Re-banho. Photo, 20 x 21 cm. Edition: 5 + 2 P.A.