Nathalie Fari

Photo: Anton Roland Laub, Sept 2015, Berlin

Nathalie Fari (b. 1975, São Paulo) is a performance artist, teacher and researcher with a keen interest in interdisciplinarity. She holds a degree in art education from the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado University in São Paulo and in acting from the TUCA theatre school of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and the renowned Centro de Pesquisa Teatral Institute under the direction of Antunes Filho. Since 1997, she has been performing at the most dfferent contexts: art-exhibitions, performance-art, performing-arts and multimedia festivals, theater-, opera-, and film productions, architecture and design events and at the public space as well. Additionally, from 2000-2003 she was involved in the co-design of the artist-in-residence program from the Art Factory Casa das Caldeiras in São Paulo and the Brazilian pavilion’s art and culture program at EXPO 2000 in Hannover.   

After moving to Berlin in 2004, she has founded the production label atelier obra viva under which she has developed several performance projects in collaboration with artists and researchers from different fields and 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). Her main emphasis lies in the fields of site specific performance, urban intervention and somatic practices (she is a certified yoga teacher as well) by exploring the relationship between the body and space, body and environment. 

In 2009, she has completed a Master of Arts in 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 and since 2016 she is part of the artistic research group Practicing Communities: Transformative societal strategies of artistic research from the Nordic Summer University. Currently she is developing a program in embodied research called Body Mapping Lab at the historical site Teufelsberg in Berlin.  

"I consider a performance and its various forms of representation as an artistic tool for creating ‘new contexts‘. By ‘context’ I mean the framing of a specific condition in which the performance is able to unfold and manifest its multiple connections, be it with the place in which it is embedded or the people involved in the process. Thus, finding the adequate context for a performance has become crucial and essential for my practice, especially when dealing with its temporal, unpredictable and hybrid nature. 

In this regard, I have been exploring a wide range of contexts by positioning my work in places beyond the ‘white cube‘ or ‘black box‘. These places, such as an abandoned factory, historical building, public square or even a supermarket, have turned into fascinating spatial and social contexts in which I can either investigate other types of the performer-spectator relation or the meaning of performance itself. When and where does a performance begin? And when does it end? How can the performance affect an environment and at the same time be moved by the perspective of the other? These are all relevant questions in this respect." 

Photo Credit: A. R. Laub