Bruna Mayer

b 1986 Curitiba, Brazil. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


Working predominantly with video and installation, I investigate ways to give shape, form and visibility to the primitive and innermost states of the human condition. Like the inner struggles of trying to connect with the deepest and most intimate parts of one’s self, while trying to construct a robust identity. A search for missing aspects of the self that might have been neglected or put aside, in order to live harmoniously in society, but that rather, when denied, grow stronger, infiltrating and expanding under the surface. This inner pursue, filled with contradiction and ambiguity, may not always be pleasant, as one does not know beforehand what he or she might encounter. And yet, it is necessary, for our innermost aspects of the self – our impulses and most primitive desires – also need a space to exist freely, to be rediscovered, and acknowledged, without being neglected, nor feared, but rather integrated back into our personality – as they are our most dominant source of potency, creativity and strength.

In my practice, I seek ways to bring forth and expose these secluded, yet essential aspects of the self, that even though are invisible and impalpable, are very much active in our lives, permeating secretly while awaiting for the slightest chance to arise with its full potential. I work to create spaces of encounter with these unknown aspects within us, our most ambiguous and conflicting sides, trying to give them shape, form and space, to visualize that which we cannot see with our naked eyes. Searching for beauty in the most unexpected of places.

The work emerges through a process of experimentation with the materials, where I investigate their formal qualities thoroughly, in search of their not yet revealed potencies. An interchange, a give-and-take process between myself and what the hidden possibilities of the materials can offer once instigated and manipulated – making a direct link with the mysterious and unknown aspects of the self. Along my practice, having worked with water, food, cotton, paint, glue, milk, beeswax, among others, and currently experimenting with agar and living microorganisms, the body is indeed the invariant component, the constant element connecting all my works. Through a visual, temporal and spatial construction, the work is an invitation for viewers to connect with their most intimate self, and perhaps access neglected inner states within themselves, even if only on a subconscious level.



  • Education
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo, BR
  • 2005 – 09 - Art Center College of Design - granted scholarship, BFA Illustration, Pasadena, USA
  • 2002 - 05 - New World School of the Arts - Visual Arts, Miami, USA
  • Awards and Residencies
  • 2018 - GlogauAIR Residency, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 - Prize for Best Short-Film, Virgins produced by Bruna Mayer and Victor Ribeiro, Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, USA
  • Selected Exhibitions
  • 2018
  • Identity Unveiled, curated by Josephine de Fijter, The Photo Room, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Transformation, Bunker 101, curated by Suzanne Royal, Cologne, Germany
  • Identity Unveiled, curated by Josephine de Fijter, GlogauAir Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • I see Myself through You - GlogauAir, Berlin, Germany
  • I see Myself through You, Site-specific installation - Showcase Vitrine, GlogauAir, Berlin, Germany
  • Open Studios - GlogauAir Residency Program, Berlin Germany
  • 2017
  • Mostra Escola Entrópica, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 3a. Mostra B.A. – Espaço Di Grado, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Metanóia, Coletiva AIREZ 2017, Airez Galery, Curitiba, Brazil
  • (In)Possibilidades, Incubadora de Artistas, Atibaia, Brazil
  • As Coisas se Escoram Tortas - Arte Londrina 5 - curated by Ricardo Basbaum e Danillo Villa, Divisão de artes Plásticas/ UEL, Londrina, Brazil
  • Mostra Escola Entrópica, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Bienal Arte Print Brasil, Incubadora de Artistas, Atibaia, Brazil
  • Presença Permeável - video installation and performance at Praça das Artes Fundação Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Novas Poéticas, Eixo Arte, Brazil
  • 2016
  • Mostra Escola Entrópica, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, BR.
  • Novas Poéticas, curated by Germano Dushá, Guilherme Gutman e Pollyana Quintella at Fundação Museu do Futuro Curitiba, BR
  • Tempo Suspenso, curated by Luciano Mariussi e Leandro Roman, Galeria 13, São Paulo, BR.
  • Processos Criativos, Wesley Duke Lee Art Institute, São Paulo, BR.
  • 2015
  • Alguns Desvios do Corpo - Arte Londrina 4, curated by Danillo Villa and Cauê Alves, Divisão de artes Plásticas/ UEL, Londrina, Brazil
  • Fragmentos da Memória, Galeria 13, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Permissões: Ruídos Poéticos, Galeria 13, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Olhar Gráfico, curated by Helena Freddi and Katia Salvany, MUBA Museu Belas Artes de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Screenings and Film Festivals
  • 2016 - Convocatória Cine Mis – Museu da Imagem e Som, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2015 - Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA.
  • 2015 - 3a Mostra Cultura de Cinema Brasileiro, Fortaleza, Brazil
  • 2015 - WHAT The Festival, Oregon, USA

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