Temporality, language and the practice of reading and writing are the main points of reference of MARILÁ DARDOT (Brasil, 1973) work. Whether alluding to literary and philosophical works or the materiality of the book, her installations, videos, actions, publications and objects explore other ways of perceiving language and its possible mediums. She graduated in social communication from UFMG (1996) and in plastic arts from Escola Guignard (1999) and has a master’s degree in visual languages ​​from the UFRJ School of Fine Arts (2003). She held individual exhibits at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2011); and took part in collective exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania (2017); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2005, 2007, 2013 and 2016); and the 27th and 29th editions of the São Paulo Biennial (2006 and 2010), among others.

In 2016 Marilá Dardot released her “Coloring Book – 2015 Retrospective,”questioning the publishing and behavioral phenomenon of coloring books for adults. In the artist’s proposal, the pictures to be colored are based on shocking photos from 2015 published in Brazilian newspapers. Two years later she selected images from the book related to terrorist attacks and shaded them with black pencils, giving them an ambiguous feature in which memory and forgetfulness are latent. Unlike “anti-stress therapy,” the act of coloring gains new meanings and forces us to confront a harsh and often tragic reality we try to forget.