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Uýra, © Sanico Denaut


Visual and Performing Artist*


UÝRA, born in Manaus (Amazônia), is an indigenous person in the context of the diaspora, Two-Spirit* (trans) and human rights activist. "Two-Spirit" is a term used in various indigenous communities that encompasses cultural, spiritual, sexual and gender identity.
UÝRA works as a visual artist and art educator. Uýra holds a degree in biology and a master's degree in Amazonian-ecology. Through art, UÝRA creates images that confront different natures: that of living in freedom and that of violence against biodiversity and vulnerable groups of people. In exhibitions in Brazil and around the world, Uýra explores, presents and discusses colonial erasure as well as the resistance of indigenous peoples in history and the present.
Uýra was a highlight of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, Bienal Manifesta (Kosovo), winner* of the 2022 PIPA Prize and the 2023 YES to Racial Equality Prize. Uýra's works are in the collections of institutions such as the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Castello di Rivoli (Italy) and the Los Angeles County Museum.

Uýra was artist in residency at kulturen in bewegung in September/October 2023 and did several workshops, talks and performances during her/his residency. Further information can be found on the Artist in Residency page.