Barbara Marcel
b. 1985, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lives and works in Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.


2015-2021 BAUHAUS-Universität Weimar, Ph.D. Fine Arts - Artistic Research (Prof. Dr. Phil Michael Lüthy, Prof. Livia Flores UFRJ-EBA).

2014-2016 UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin, Guest Student (Klasse Hito Steyerl).

2011-2014 UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin, MA in Art in Context.

2005-2007 UFRJ, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, BA in Philosophy.

2004-2006 Unesa, Universidade Estácio de Sá, BA in Film Studies.

2000-2004 Technical Gymnasium in Public Health, EPSJV, FIOCRUZ.


2023 (Coming soon) My Precious Exhibition at Werkleitz Festival.

2022 The Parable of Progress (Sesc Pompéia SP Brazil).  Link

2022  Wild Palms, Düsseldorf (Current).

2022 7th ORANGE - Cultivating Humility. Collective exhibition in Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada. Curated by Elise Anne LaPlante and Véronique Leblanc.

2022 AL CONJURO DE ESTE CÓDIGO - Tecnofeminismos para reescribir el mundo. Collective exhibition curated by Alma Laprida, Ana Mora, Jenny Maritza Ramírez Osorio, Maia Navas and Tania Puente, at CASo - Centro de Arte Sonoro in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2022 WEATHER ENGINES. Collective exhibition curated by Daphne Dragona & Jussi Parikka at Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece.

2022 MORE PLANETS LESS PAIN - Constellations of artistic research. Collective exhibition at Kunsthalle Erfurt and ACC Weimar (Germany), curated by Anne Brannys.

2021 UMBRALES. Collective exhibition at IFA Gallery in Stuttgart (Germany) in collaboration with BIENAL DE ARTE MEDIALES, Santiago de Chile, curated by Bettina Korintenberg and Enrique Rivera.

2021 solo exhibition at Gemeinde, Cologne, Germany.

2021 FLUIDE REALITÄTEN. Collective exhibition at Kunstbrücke am Wildenbruch, part of the Kommunale Galerien Berlin, Germany. Curatiorial team: Dorothee Bienert, Yolanda Kaddu-Mulindwa, Daniela Nadwornicek, Isabelle Stamm; Plakatwand: Uwe Jonas.

2021 BIRDS AND BUOYS. Duo exhibition by Barbara Marcel and Nadja Abt. Curated by Katja Knast at Bärenzwinger Berlin, Germany.

2021 SÜDSTELLIUM. A project by Matheus Rocha Pitta, Ana Hupe, Barbara Marcel at Kottbusser Tor Subway station in Berlin, Germany. Funded by the Projektförderung Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg 2020.

2020-2022 CRITICAL ZONES. Observatory for Earthy Politics. Curated by Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel, Bettina Korintenberg and Martin Guinard. Zentrum für Kunst und Media ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

2020 BERLINISCHE GALERIE, IBB-Video Space, curated by Nuno De Brito Rocha, Berlin, Germany.

2020 MAC – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói – Rio de janeiro. Screenings of videoart curated by Raphael Fonseca, Brazil.

2020 AGROPOETICS at Inland — art, agriculture & territory, Madrid, Spain.

2020 FOSSO #15, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2020 GOETHE Institute Concepción. Screening of Humo sobre los Humedales, Chile.

2019 (solo) HUMO SOBRE LOS HUMEDALES. Solo exhibition resulting from the Goethe Institute Residency Artivism, curated by Luis Alarcón and Ana María Saavedra. GALERIA METROPOLITANA, Santiago de Chile.

2019 SOIL IS AN INSCRIBED BODY. Curated by Elena Agudio Marleen Boschen. SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.

2019 LICHT LUFT SCHEIßE [Light Air Shit], Perspectives on Ecology and Modernity. Curated by Florian Wüst and Marco Clausen. Nachbarschaftsakademie, nGbK and Prinzessinengarten, Berlin, Germany.

2019 AS REAL BECOME SURREAL, Screenings Running parallel to the 16th Istanbul Biennial of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) at Kundura Cinema, Istanbul, Turkey.

2019 FIRE FAÍSCA FUNKE, financed by the Cultural Office Berlin District Office Friedrichain - Kreuzberg, Gallery Mario Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany.

2019 FRACTURED LANDSCAPES: Broad Underground Film Series, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, USA.

2018 DISAPPEARING LEGACIES: THE WORLD AS FOREST, Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany.

2018 La VOLUNTAD DE LA FORMA, Espacio Pla. Buenos Aires, Argentine.

2018 DISAPPEARING LEGACIES: THE WORLD AS FOREST, Tieranatomische Theater, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

2018 REENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES: New cinema and Contemporary Arts, screening at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Berlin, Germany.

2018 REENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES: New cinema and Contemporary Arts, screening at Luminor Hôtel de Ville. Paris, France.

2017 LANDSCAPES OF EXCESS, screening at Kispas. Brussels, Belgium.

2017 LANDSCAPES OF EXCESS, screening at Teatro Munganga, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2017 12 TEORÍA MODERNAS EN LA COLONIA. Col. Moderna, Guadalajara, México.

2017 DISAPPEARING LEGACIES: THE WORLD AS FOREST, CeNak - Zoologisches Museum Hamburg, Germany.

2017 FIT FRAME TO CONTENT, Urlaub Projects. Berlin, Germany.

2017 UNIVERSIDAD DESCONOCIDA, Standard Deluxe. Lausanne, Switzerland.

2017 PLATFORMS PROJECT 2017, with Campus Novel. Athens, Greece.

2017 solo show TROPIC MATTERS at V240, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2016 THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS, GMK, Berlin, Germany.


2016 INTUITIVE QUADRANTS, Luis Leu Ausstellungsraum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany.

2016 WE DO THE VOODOO (One minute Project). 62. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. Oberhausen, Germany.

2016 WE DO THE VOODOO (One minute Project). Eye Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2015 PHOTOGRAPHY, HISTORY AND MEMORY WITH ARNO GISINGER, Mar at the Academy - Museum of Art Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


2015 VISION AND FEAR STATION, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany.

2015 ON PROJECTION, Kühlhaus Berlin, Germany.

2015 THROUGH THE LOOKING SCREEN, 175 Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

2014 REPRESENTATIVES. Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, Germany.

2014 BRASILIEN TRIFFT BERLIN, Blockbuster Exhibitions, Berlin, Germany.

2014 RUNDGANG MASTERARBEITEN 2013/2014 Institut für Kunst im Kontext. Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany.

2013 DESVENDA, Marta Traba Gallery, Fundação Memorial da América Latina, São Paulo, Brazil.

2013 SPRINGS AND SOURCES, Andros, Greece.

2013 230.000 CM: Part 2, Karl Marx Studio, Art Festival “Nacht und Nebel”, Berlin, Germany.

2013 COLOGNE OFF India II, CeC: Carnival of eCreativity, Sattal, India.

2013 230.000 CM: Part 1, Karl Marx Studio, Art Festival “48 Horas Neukölln”, Berlin, Germany.

2013 PIC: PIECES IN CHAIN, MPAB - Month of Performance Berlim, Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, Germany.

2013 RETURN TO FOREVER, TZB Gallery of the Czech Centre Berlin, Germany.

2012 25 INSTANTS VIDEO, Alexandria Art Center Library, Alexandria, Egypt.

2012 A PARADISE IS A PARADISE IS A PARADISE, Karl Marx Studio, 48-Stunden Neukölln Art Festival, Berlin, Germany.


2012 DESVENDA, Museum Murillo La Greca, Recife, Brazil.

2012 FELDFORSCHUNG AM EINSTEINUFER, Institut Art in Context, Berlin, Germany.

2012 VIDEO ART FESTIVAL MIDEN, Kalamata, Greece.


2011 DESVENDA, Casa M de Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2011 ALTES FINANZAMT, Berlin, Germany.

2011 FIEBER, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, Germany.



2021 Art Residency as part of the YANGO! Art Biennale of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

2020-2021 BEZIRKSKULTURFONDS BERLIN: Kreuzberg Friedrichshain, Project “Südstellium“, initiated by Matheus Rocha Pitta, Ana Hupe and Barbara Marcel. Funding for an Exhibition, Berlin (DE).

2018-2021 HEINRICH BÖLL STIFTUNG. Three years Scholarship for PhD at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

2019 GOETHE INSTITUTE RESIDENCY in Concepción, Chile (CHL).

2019 JESSICA-BILZ-FOND, Project “Situiertes Wissen / Globale Ökologien: ein kollaborativer Walkshop Ramble“, Berlin (DE).

2019 BEZIRKSKULTURFONDS BERLIN: Kreuzberg Friedrichshain, Project „Der Süd ist unser Norden“. Funding for an Exhibition, Berlin (DE).

2017 UNIVERSIDAD DESCONOCIDA. Two weeks artistic residency at the Music and Theater Festival at the Tuquet, Monpton, France.

2017 UNIVERSIDAD DESCONOCIDA, Standard Deluxe. Two weeks artistic residency in the Alps, Evolène, Switzerland.

2016 IFA - INSTITUT FÜR AUSLÄNDSBEZIEHUNG BERLIN. Prize for support on Solo Exhibition in Amsterdam 2017.

2016 LABverde ART IMMERSION PROGRAM IN THE AMAZON. Artistic residency in the Reserve Adolpho Ducke (INPA), Manaus, Brazil. Founded by the Bauhaus University Weimar IPID4all (DAAD) Program for artistic research abroad.

2016 FRAUENFOND BAUHAUS UNIVERSITY WEIMAR. Funding for young artists: "The Archival Garden: Balcony Dialogues", Athens Biennale.

2015 SYROS INSTITUTE - Artistic residence about Lighthouses on the island of Syros, Greece.

2013 SPRING AND SOURCES - Artistic residence on the island of Andros, Greece.


2021 PRACTICE TUTOR. MA Ecology Futures at St. Joost School of Art & Design in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

2015-2017 ARTIST ASSISTANT. Artist: Filipa César. Berlin, Germany.

2017 IMAGE AND SOUND EDITOR. “Vierte Welt Woman”, Ana Hupe. (Berlin, 16min)

2016-2017 PRODUCTION AND EDITING ASSISTANT. “Spell Reel”, Filipa César (Germany / Portugal / France / Guinea-Bissau, Documentary form, 96 min). Screenings: Berlinale - Forum 2017.

2015 DIRECTOR ASSISTANT. “Transmission from the Liberated Zones”, Filipa César (Portugal / France / Germany / Sweden, 30 min). Screenings: Berlinale - Forum Expanded 2016; Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm, Sweden; Indielisboa, Portugal; Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany.

2014 PRODUCER AND PRODUCTION DESIGNER. “Escape from my eyes”, Felipe Bragança (Brazil/Germany, 33 min, 2015). Screenings: Berlinale - Forum Expanded 2015; Curitiba Intl' Film Festival; Rio de Janeiro Intl' Film Festival, São Paulo short film festival.


2021 DESILHA 3. Organized by Michelle Sommer and Lívia Flores. Original Essay, co-written with Andreas Döpke and Tom Nóbrega, called “canário azul: 5 fragmentos” (blue canary: 5 fragments).

2021 THESE BIRDS OF TEMPTATION: intercalations 6. Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin (eds.). Co-published by K. Verlag and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. , Berlin. Made possible by the Schering Stiftung. Original Essay, co-written with Andreas Döpke, called “Des Goldes Klang” (The Golden Tone).

2020 THE WORK OF THE WIND: LAND. Christine Shaw & Etienne Turpin (eds.). Co-published by K. Verlag in partnership with the University of Toronto Mississauga. Original Essay called “The gardener, the rubber-tapper and the herbalist: a ciné-cipó”.

2017 THE EVER-GARDEN EFFECT. Artist Book. Berlin/Athens.

2015 LUMINOUS FLUX. Booklet of the Exhibition at Syros Institut. Syros, Greece.

2015 ON PROJECTION. Booklet of the Exhibition at Kühlhaus Berlin, Germany.

2014 AUS DEM KONTEXT. Catalogue of the exhibition “Masterarbeiten 2013/2014” from the Institut für Kunst im Kontext. Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany.

2013 LANGUAGE IS AN INVISIBLE LANDSCAPE. Artist Book. Drawings “Humaitá and A pedra agora é preta”. Collective publication curated by artist Marta Leite. Berlin, Germany.

2013 230 000 CM. Artist Book. Collective publication of photos and original texts. Project funded by Quartier Donaukiez of Neukölln, organized by Marta Leite, Barbara and Marcel Senli in the Karl Marx Studio, Berlin, Germany.


2021 ON LATEX - Critical Inflections on (Neo)Extractivism in Latin America. Conference organized by the Institute of Cultural Inquiry Berlin ICI in cooperation with Stanford University. Lecture Performance artist presentantion, 27-28.09.21, Berlin (DE).

2021 LANDSCAPE EXERCISES. 3rd Research Seminar on Art and City_DESILHA 2021, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (BR) Lecture Performance and Artist Talk on-line in collaboration with Tom Nóbrega. Roundtable: Mineral Landscapes, 10.06.21, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro (BR).

2021 ANDERE WÄLDER. Lecture Performance and Artist Talk at the Kunstuniversität Linz (AT) in cooperation with the art festival FMR21, 06.05.21.

2021 BIRDS AND BUOYS. Artist Talk On-Line. Paz Guevara in conversation with Nadja Abt, Barbara Marcel, Katja Kynast, as part of the exhibition »Birds and Buoys« at the Bärenzwinger in Berlin (DE), 28.4.21.

2021 ZUM DIGITALEN REGIME DER KUNST IN ZEITEN DER PANDEMIE. Artist Talk, film screening and studio visits with students of the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, 14-15.01.21.

2020 TERRESTRIAL UNIVERSTITY: Ciné-Cipó – Cine-Liana at Amazon Tall Tower Observatory. ARTIST TALK with curator Bettina Korintenberg, as part of the exhibition CRITICAL ZONES - Observatory for Earthy Politics, curated by Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel, Bettina Korintenberg and Martin Guinard at the Zentrum für Kunst und Media ZKM, Karlsruhe (DE), 08.10.20.

2020 OPEN AIR VIDEO ART. Screening night of Barbara Marcel & Ana Hupe and artist talk with the Director Dr. Thomas Köhler at BERLINISCHE GALERIE, 28.08.20 (DE).

2020 ÉL ENSAYO Y LA EXPERIMENTACIÓN COMO FORMA Y LENGUAJE: CUERPO, ARCHIVO, TESTIMONIO. (Lecture: The essay and experimentation as form and language: Body, Archive, Testimony). III Jornadas Internationales de Estéticas y políticas contemporâneas nuestro-americanas (III International Conference on Aesthetics and Contemporary Politics in Latin America). 29.08.20, Universidad de Avellaneda (ARG).

2020 THE GARDENER, THE RUBBER TAPPER AND THE HERBALIST. Lecture Performance and Artist Talk at FOSSO 15, Rio de Janeiro (BR), 08.02.20.

2019 HUMO SOBRE LOS HUMEDALES. Lecture Performance of an ongoing project. Event organized by the GOETHE Institute of Santiago de Chile in collaboration with Galeria Metropolitana (CH), 14.12.19.

2019 WHAT ELSE BURNS WHEN THE AMAZON BURNS? Artist Talk initiated by Barbara Marcel and Camila Nóbrega with Alessandra Munduruku and Vândria Borari. Parallel event to the Exhibition AGROPOETICS at Savvy Contemporary Berlin (DE), 22.09.19.

2019 WOMEN IN MOVEMENT / The Patriarchy of Land. On Agrarian Movements and Their Internal Struggles. INVOCATIONS discursive program as part of the exhibition AGROPOETICS: Soil is an Inscribed Body. ON SOVEREIGNTY AND AGROPOETICS, at Savvy Contemporary Berlin (DE), 14.09.2019.

2019 NARRATIVES OF SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN BRAZIL: ON THE RIGHT TO THE TERRITORIES AND IMAGINARIES. Artist Talk initiated by Barbara Marcel and Camila Nóbrega with Brazilian grassroot movement activists Silvia Baptista (TEIA - Women agroecology collective BR) and Luana Carvalho (MST - Landless Workers' Movement BR), 04.09.2019. Discursive program as part of the exhibition “Licht, Luft und Scheisse”, [Light Air Shit]. Perspectives on Ecology and Modernity« – a joint production of: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum der Freien Universität Berlin (BGBM), Martin-Elsaesser-Stiftung, Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK).

2021 SITUATED KNOWLEDGE / GLOBAL ECOLOGIES: A Collaborative Walkshop Ramble, on social-ecological justice, initiated by Barbara Marcel and Camila Nóbrega, between September 2nd - 4th at the Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin. During three days, the project brought together academic researchers with environmental activists, journalists and artists, for an experimental format of knowledge exchange. Founded by the Jessica-Bilz-Stiftung Berlin (DE).

2018 CHANGING CLIMATES Conference. Engaging Citizens with Local Environments and Ecologies through Digital Interventions. Presentation at the Conference, Lecture performance. Nov 22-24, 2018, University of Skövde (SE).

2018 THE OPEN FOREST, lecture Performance at the International Conference POLITICS OF NATURE. University of St. Gallen, 11-13 of October 2018. Organized by Federico Luisetti and Emmanuel Alloa. School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Universität St. Gallen (CH).

2018 12 SCHNITTE UND EIN LOCH IM TAL [12 Steps and a whole in the Valley]. A Walkshop Ramble initiated by Barbara Marcel in collaboration with the geographer Andreas Döpke, with the support of TRAFFO – UNESCO and the participation of students of University of Hamburg and University of Hildesheim.

2018 HOW ON EARTH? Consuming a planet. Lecture Performance on the 29.04.18 as part of the exhibition Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest, at the Tieranatomisches Theather Berlin (DE).

2017 PLATFORMS PROJECT. Artist Talk in collaboration with Campus Novel, as part of the publication release of the artist publication “The ever-garden effect”. 19.05, Athens (GR).

2016 THE EVER-GARDEN EFFECT one week workshop initiated by Barbara Marcel in collaboration with the Greek Artist Collective Campus Novel as part of the OMONOIA Athens Biennial 01-05.05.16, (GR).

2016 NAFAE Symposium of the National Association of Fine Arts Education (UK) at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Lancaster, 15-16.07.16. Presentation of Artistic Research methodologies at the Conference.
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