Pollyana Freire's latest sculptures are the result of a meticulous evolutionary process of her work's initial forms. The Brazilian artist living in Portugal – selected in 2015 for the EDP Foundation New Artists Award – playfully explored linear geometry, the intersection of small volumes and planes, which could be read both individually and as a whole. By favouring iron over balsa tree and wood, the floor pieces that the artist will show for the first time exalt all their poetic fragility through the unexpectedness of the forms and voids they display, the imagined and real lightness of their bodies, the elegant joy of their colours and the happy visual and physical journey they attract visitors to.
Pollyanna Freire (São Paulo, 1982) studied visual arts at UNESP – Universidade Estadual Paulista, has a master’s degree in visual communication from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and took the advanced visual arts course at Ar.Co – Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual from 2010 to 2013. Escultura [Sculpture], her first solo exhibition, was held in 2017, followed by Cavalo Verde [Green Horse] in 2020, both at Módulo – Centro Difusor de Arte, Lisbon. She has participated in various joint exhibitions, most notably I don’t know if I can wish you a happy year, at MNAC – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, in 2022; Play is a serious matter, at Museu das Comunicações/Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, Lisbon, in 2019; and O pouco ou muito a diferença é pouca, at Módulo – Centro Difusor de Arte, in 2014. In 2012, she participated in the exhibition Me, Myself and I at the IV Certamen de Dibujo Contemporáneo Pilar y Andrés Centenera Jaraba organised by the Fundación Centenera, Madrid, at which she received a special mention, and in 2017 she was invited to take part in the 8th iteration of the exhibition Artemar, in Cascais, curated by Luísa Soares de Oliveira. She was shortlisted for the EDP Foundation New Artists Award in 2015.
Pollyanna Freire had the support of the Municipality of Fundão in the realisation of this project.