I have to interact with memories, music, my father and myself, filling the gaps in my photo albums with my imagination.
At school, the history spoke of colonial history. A Black teacher said, “this is just one perspective.” Since he was responsible for the exams, he examined Black History. There is a connection between the black history teacher and the fact that Thiago Rosa is now in Europe and lives in Berlin. There is a connection between Thiago Rosa’s Black grandmother to the gaps in the history books and the fact that Thiago Rosa is an artist: In Rio de Janeiro he obtained a degree in the visual arts; here his medium of art is lithography. The surface is scratched, scraped and chiseled so that the stone leaves the desired print on the paper. Thereupon, Thiago Rosa switched to dance and acting at the HZT in Berlin, amongst other spaces. Nowadays he works as a performance artist using his body as medium of expression.
I will not give up on the dream that one can live in dignity through the work one achieves. My work is my art.
With the series PORTRAIT, in which artists introduce themselves and their work, Ballhaus Naunynstraße has disrupted its usual production method. PORTRAIT provides artists with the space to showcase themselves, their own skills and artforms, yes that, what is truly important. PORTRAIT is thereby an invitation to the public, to meet fascinating artists and experience the complexities of their work.
- In English
- Thiago Rosa
- Zé de Paiva
Produced by Kultursprünge im Ballhaus Naunynstraße gemeinnützige GmbH. Supported by funds of the project promotion of the district office Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg of Berlin.