Ana Dias Batista (São Paulo, Brazil, 1978) singles out everyday objects and fabricates works that either incorporate them or adopt their shapes and behaviors. Her precise arrangements involve operations such as re-scaling, mimicry, mirroring, duplication, reversal and reiteration, aiming at investigating the conditions under which meaning is constructed. Throughout her practice, Batista engineers works with both subtlety and an economy of means – insisting on material terseness and visual sobriety. The critical sense of her works emerges from the ambiguity generated by the art object in relation to the functionality or finality of the original objects, now re-arranged and re-contextualized.
Graduated in Visual Arts from the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo in 2000. She completed her Ph.D. at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo in 2014. In 2001, she had solo exhibitions at Centro Cultural São Paulo. In the following year she carried out an independent project entitled Plano Copan [Copan Plan] at SãoPaulo’s building along with Eurico Lopes and Rodrigo Matheus. She participated in the following group exhibitions: 20anos – 20 artistas[20 years – 20 artists] (2002), CCSP, To be political it has to look nice (2003), Apexart, New York, MAM [at] Oca, São Paulo (2006), and in the symposium São Paulo S.A., Situation # 2 (2002). She had a solo exhibition at Centro Maria Antônia, São Paulo, in 2004. She received the Pampulha Award [an artist-in-residence program] and presented a solo exhibition at Museu da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, in 2007. In the following year she earned a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo, and also carried out in São Paulo along with Laura Andreato and João Loureiro an independent project entitled Vistosa, which received the Conexão Artes Visuais award from Funarte. In 2009, she had a solo exhibition entitled Programa [Program] at Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, and received an award from the São PauloDepartment of Culture. She had solo exhibitions at galleries Mendes Wood, SãoPaulo (2010 and 2011), Ybakatu, Curitiba (2010) and Marília Razuk, São Paulo (2015). Among other exhibitions, in 2013 she participated in the exhibitions Beyond the Library, Frankfurt Buchmesse / Hall 4.1, Frankfurt, eI tochu Aoyama Art Square, Tokyo, ConversationPieces, NBK, Berlin, Imagine Brazil / Artist’s Books, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, and Économie Domestique, La Maudite, Paris. Presented the solo exhibition Chão Comum at Pinacoteca do Estado de S. Paulo (2018).