Nathalie Fari

Photo: Anton Roland Laub, Sept 2015, Berlin

Nathalie Fari (b. 1975, São Paulo) is an independent performer, researcher and art- and theatre educator. She has started her education with eleven years in dance, especially in modern jazz. In 1998 she received a degree in art education from the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado University in São Paulo. At that time she attended also acting courses at the TUCA theatre school of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and at the renowned Centro de Pesquisa Teatral Theater Institute under the direction of Antunes Filho. Since then, she has been performing in Brazil and Europe at the most various contexts: art- exhibitions and projects, performance art, performing arts and multimedia festivals, theater-, opera-, and film productions, architecture-, design-, and fashion events and as well at the public space. Additionally during the years from 2000-2003 she was involved in the co-design of the artist-in-residence program of the Art Factory Casa das Caldeiras in São Paulo and of the Brazilian pavilion’s art and culture program at EXPO 2000 in Hannover as well.  

In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she has produced several performance- projects in co-operation with galleries (Galerie Nord, Magnus Müller, Maud Piquion), project spaces (SAVVY CONTEMPORARY), theaters (ACUD, Ding Dong Dom, Hebbel am Ufer) and artist-in-residence spaces (Glogau-Air, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik). In 2006, she established the production label atelier obra viva, under which she has been developig collaborative projects with artists and scholars from different fields focused on participatory art and site specific performance. In 2009, she has completed a Master of Arts in Raumstrategien - Forschende Kunst im Öffentlichen Kontext (EN: Space Strategies - Exploratory Art in Public Contexts) at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. Her final thesis was on global migration processes entitled "MEIN RAUM – Eine Untersuchung über den Verlust von Boden" (EN: MY SPACE – An investigation into the loss of certainty). From 2011-2015 she was a co-organiser of the platform Month of Performance Art Berlin realizing performance projects with the emphasis on public space. Since 2016 she is part of the research group Practicing Communities: Transformative societal strategies of artistic research from Nordic Summer University NSU. Currently she is developing the residency- and workshop program called Body Mapping Lab which is momentarly based at the historical site Teufelsberg in Berlin.  

"In my work I see the performance and its various forms of representation and meaning as an artistic tool to create „contexts“. I define context as the interplay, intersection and interaction of a specif space (or a place) and the potential audiences or people involved in that process. Finding the right context to perform or knowing how to position your body in a certain situation, seems to be crucial for me when dealing with such an ephemeral and transformative language as performance.  

Because of that I've always tried to present my performances in spaces beyond the institution or the traditional white cube or black box. Probably this was also due to the fact that I started my work in Brazil in a time when performance art wasn’t so known and established. At that time I had a chance to perform at very different locations, contexts and artistic scenes, from the most alternative (for example a cultural center of a slum) to the most sophisticated (for example at a fashion show). These rather uncommon places and particular experiences brought me close to a type of „artistic nomadism“ and took me far from the mechanisms (and modes of reproduction) of the art market.

Nowadays this form of nomadism or constant search for new contexts, formats and places doesn’t constitute only my way of walking in the world, but also a way of developing my own performative language. Where and when does a performance start and end and how do we perceive, change and translate a space by adapting the perspective of the other, are important questions for me."