Josely Carvalho

JOSELY CARVALHO is a Brazilian inter-disciplinary artist and poet, living in New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Over the past three decades, she has assembled a body of work in a wide range of media that gives eloquent voice to matters of memory, identity and social justice while consistently challenging the boundaries between artist and audience and between politics and art.

Her latest artwork, Diary of Smells includes olfactory and its connection to emotions and memory in her visual/sound installations. She approaches smell through the construction of original smells (i.e. smell of nest), sculpture installations, smell video & photography, group scent/walks through neighborhoods and towns, interactive installations such Smell Flasks, a 1000 perfume bottles filled with a visual memory of a smell and an a virtual archive of smell/memories.

She has exhibited extensively internationally. Some of her exhibits are: Diário de Cheiros: Nidus Vitreo, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ;  Reflections & Digressions, Galerie Drei, Dresden, Germany;  0001.Tracajá, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida;  Architectando: Elias’s nest, Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, Brazil

She is the recipient of several prestigious grants such as Creative Capital Foundation; New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA); New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA); Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio International Center residence, Bellagio, Italy among others.

Her work is in the collection of Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro; MAR Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo; Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; Museu de Arte de São Paulo; Museum of Modern Art, New York among others.

Graduated at Washington University, School of Architecture, St. Louis, Mo.

Founder of The Silkscreen Project, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in NYC.