Josely Carvalho, visual artist, poet, and activist, was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has lived in New York City since the late 1970s. Since 2002, she also has kept a studio in Rio de Janeiro. Over the past four decades, she has assembled a body of work in a wide range of media that gives eloquent voice to matters of memory, identity and social justice while consistently challenging the boundaries between artist and audience, and between politics and art.
Her present project Diary of Smells, is an on-going cross-disciplinary sensorial project. The olfactory, a forgotten sense and yet a powerful connector to memory and emotions acts as a protagonist amor other typically dominant components in contemporary art. The inclusion of the olfactory - one`s first experienced sense - results from her long examination of society`s basic need to be sheltered in a moment in which the sense of home/nest if threatened by wars, refugee camps, migrations and the fragility of the environment - the collective shelter.
Among her grants are Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 2016-2017; Frans Masereel Print Center, Kasterlee, Belgium, 2008; New York State Council for the Arts, 2001-2002; Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center Residency, 2001; Rockefeller Foundation`s Bellagio International Conference and Research Center Residency, Italy, 2000; New York Foundation for the Arts, 1999-2000; National Endowment for the Arts, 1995-1996; and Art Matters Inc., 1992-1993. Her pioneer internet project, Book of Roofs/ Livro das Telhas [www.bookofroofs.com], from 1999, has received grants and has been shown in several venues.
Her public works, individual and group exhibitions can be found in the website, in the recent book Diary of Images published by Contra Capa Editora and in the Artwork Archive website for more detailed info.
Latest interview for MDPI art journal written by Erina Duganne:
From the memory books of Josely Carvalho