Josely Carvalho is a multidisciplinary artist and poet. She was born in São Paulo, lives in New York since late 1970’s and maintains a studio in Rio de Janeiro since 2002. In the last four decades, her work embraces several media and seeks to highlight memory, identity and social justice while consistently challenges the frontiers between artist and public and art and politics.
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 among other typically dominant components in contemporary art. The inclusion of the olfactory – one’s first and last 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 is threatened by wars, refugee camps, migrations and the
fragility of the environment - the collective shelter.
In 2019, she received the International Art and Olfaction Sadakichi Award in experimental olfactory artwork category for her installation Glass Ceiling: Resilience presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in São Paulo in 2018.
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 and exhibitions can be found in the website www.joselycarvalho.com , in the recent book Diary of Images published by Contra Capa Editora and her Artwork Archive website for more detailed info.
Latest interview for MDPI art journal written by Erina Duganne:
From the memory books of Josely Carvalho