Tales Frey

Reverse (2014)


Tales Frey, Reverse. Performance art showed in Guimarães, Portugal. June 2014. Photo by Hilda de Paulo


On June 20, 2013, I presented my first work of the series of performances that made a commitment to convert the rite of passage of my birthdays in artistic procedures that allude to what we know as memento mori.

“Reverse”, the second creation from this series, is a kind of regression to my origin; it is the reverse of the chronological sense as an alternative to refuse the inevitable death of my story. In this performance, with the help of my mother, I trigger a recall of all my birthdays through a game that takes the concept of “mirror stage” by Lacan imbued a narcissistic elucidation, until reach the 8pm of the day June 20, 1982 – In this date I blocked the first birthday party of my sister to be born, When I leaved the comfort of the womb.



I lay down on a mirror 2 feet by 1 and remain for 32 minutes contemplating every part of my body that I can see through the mirror while I am listening a recording of a reversed conversation that I had with my mother to remember and learn the details occurring on the day of my birth and all birthday parties until the last before this.



Performance art by Tales Frey | Participation in audio: Silvana Frey |Duration: 32 minutos




[2016] Memento Mori. SESC Sorocaba, Sorocaba-SP, Brazil.

[2016] Memento Mori. SESC Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto-SP, Brazil.

[2015] Memento Mori. SESC Santos, Santos-SP, Brazil.

[2015] Mostra Performance em Encontro. Curated by Cássio Quitério. SESC Campinas, Campinas-SP, Brazil.

[2015] Foco Brasil. Teatro Municipal Rivoli. Porto, Portugal.

[2014] Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e da Arquitectura. Guimarães, 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, Brazil.

[2020] La Videoperformance Internazionale. Museum of Contemporary Art MACRO. Roma, Italy.

[2018] Banheirão de Quinta. Curated by Vinícius Davi. Alinalice, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil.

[2017] FONLAD – Festival Internacional de Vídeo Arte e Performance. Museu da Água, Coimbra, Portugal.

[2017] Exhibition 2015 Imagens by José Caldeira. Teatro Municipal Rivoli, Porto, Portugal.

[2016] Exhibition Memento Mori. Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, Portugal.

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

[2016] Exhibition La Videoperformance. Curated by Paola Zucchello. Art Web Gallery, Centro d’arte Mediale e Contemporanea, Itália.

[2015] Exhibition Cemitério do Peixe – Morte e Magia nas Artes Visuais. Curated by Francilins. Cemitério do Peixe, Conceição do Mato Dentro-MG, Brasil.

[2014] I Encontro de Performance IPêrformático. Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Mato Grosso do Sul (MARCO). Campo Grande-MS, Brazil.


Tales Frey, Reverse, 2014. Video, 3’56”. Edition: 3 + 2 P.A.


Tales Frey, Reverse2015. Photos, 100 x 67 cm each. Edition: 5 + 2 P.A. each


Reverse (2014) by Tales Frey published in Emergency Index Volume 4 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)


Reverse (2014) by Tales Frey published in catálog of the exhibition 2015 Imagens by José Caldeira