Lourival Cuquinha's work reflects on the exercise of freedom, whether that of the individual in relation to society, or of art in relation to institutions. Operating in the political field from subjective narratives, his multidisciplinary work - which encompasses the visual arts, audiovisual and intervention - is often marked by interactivity with the public and the urban environment.
His provocative actions seek to create a permanent tension in the art system as they question procedures and negotiate spaces of insertion. Money notes, flags, contracts and receipts are recurrent elements in many of these works, reflecting the strategy of appropriating the system only to subvert it and, at the same time, imbuing the bureaucratic apparatus with infinite poetic possibilities.
Lourival Cuquinha (Recife, 1975) lives and works in São Paulo. A multidisciplinary artist, he studied at UFPE (Recife, 1993-2002) where he took several courses such as Chemical Engineering, Philosophy, Law and History. He has been recognized in several awards and residency programs such as: Funarte Conexão Circulation Visual Arts Award (2017), Marcantônio Vilaça Award (2012), Contemporary Brazil Award - São Paulo Biennial Foundation (2010), Artist Links - British Council (2009), among others. His solo exhibitions include: Transition of Phase, Funarte (Belo Horizonte, 2018);
The Work Turns Around, MAMAM (Recife, 2015); Territories and Capital: Extinctions, MAM Rio (Rio de Janeiro, 2014); Capital: destruction-construction, PROGR Foundation (Bern, Switzerland, 2012); Sweaty Topography of London: Jack Pound Financial Art Project, Centro Cultural Correios (Recife, 2012). Recent group shows include: À Nordeste, Sesc 24 de Maio (São Paulo, 2019); Panorama of Brazilian Art, MAM-SP (São Paulo, 2017 and 2011); Sur Biennial, Parque de España Cultural Center (Rosario, Argentina, 2017); 5th Marcantônio Vilaça Award, MAC-USP (São Paulo, 2015). His work is present in important public collections, such as: CCSP (São Paulo), MAM-SP (São Paulo), MAR (Rio de Janeiro), MAMAM (Recife), among others.