This video is a record of the collective AnarkoArtLab's performances and happenings at the NYC Anarchist Art Festival in 2019, which took place at the Judson Memorial Church. It is an anarchist, feminist, queer and decolonial festival that hosts over 60 exhibitors including publishers, writers, designers, artists, musicians and other activists to debate the possibilities of organizing new worlds. Driven by anarchic notions, AnarkoArtLab don't corroborate with traditional and dominant concepts of space (architecture and public spaces), time, language and sexuality, contesting the dominant system of power and its mechanisms of control and oppression. Their way of thinking and making art are situated in a position of resistance to hierarchical social structures, ecologically catastrophic and socially oppressive, with regard to the bi-partite division of genders, the oppression of women, the marginality and violence to which the LGBTQIA+ community is subjected, the class issues, the racism, the extinction of the indigenous population and of the forest. All those fronts of struggle, consequences of colonialism and the neoliberal logic in its updated manifestation, are recognized by these artists and assembled in their intersectional way of producing transmedia art, by building networks and connections between different social demands. The collective creates potential for individual and collective liberation in reality through immersive, collaborative, participatory and symbolic artworks, stimulating critical thinking and transforming consciences.

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    July 31, 2021
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Director Biography - ADRIANA VARELLA

Born in Rio/Brazil, lives and works in New York City.

Adrians Varella is a Trans…disciplinary artist whose work draws upon: [GenderQueer] / Anarchy -feminism/ CriticalPractice.

Projects in Drawing, Performance, Photo-Video-Computer Installation, (Site-Specific) Public Art, etc.

Creates and organizes the ANARKOARTLAB Collective in NYC.

Adrians Varella (pronoun they / their / them) by Natasha Marzliak/Universidade Estadual de Campinas e/Université Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris 1

Adrians Varella is a Brazilian artist. Adrians Varella’s way of thinking, making, and presenting art is situated in a position of resistance to hierarchical social structures, especially about the bipartite division of genders, women’s oppression, and the marginality and violence to which the LGBTQIA + community is subjected. It also encompasses other social problems such as class issues, racism, and the forest people’s extinction, as is a great part of the Brazilian indigenous population. All those fronts of struggle, consequences of colonialism, and the neoliberal logic, its updated manifestation, are recognized by the artist and assembled in their intersectional way of producing art by building networks and connections between different social demands. Adrians Varella's production is located in the intersectional view of capitalist oppression and also in an optimistic perspective of establishing links between the multiple networks of social demands that pursue a place of horizontality.

Adrians Varella's political motivation they provoke their gesture, which unfolds in public and collective art projects that aim to deterritorialize spaces, discourses and languages conditioned to capitalism and patriarchy. Their projects consist in hybrid devices that assemble different media and supports, such as video, cinema, photography, drawing, sculpture, as well as the insertion of appropriated objects and performance actions, expanding the field of experimentation and diluting the borders of languages. The construction of these imagetic fields takes place outside institutionalized art spaces. With a modified space-time, their environments are composed of fragments of the "real", embedded in systems of signs that reverberate in new narratives, senses and thoughts. Stripped of immediate messages to be interpreted, their devices are heterotopic spaces for immersive experiences, providing the opportunity of reconfiguration of ways of being, seeing and acting in the world and in relation to others. By embracing active modes of image perception, Adrians Varella's devices have the power to, in the light of Deleuze, force thought (2006) in a society where entrenched mindsets are rooted in instances such as social groups, the nuclear family, schools, churches and the workplace, Varella's work is coming to confront them.

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1991/94 Parque Lage School of Visual Arts - Rio/Brazil
1996/98 FAPERJ with Federal University of Rio de Janeiro / UNIARTE / Research in video art and video installation - Rio/Brazil

Public Art Project
DDNA- (site specific) Lytton Plaza, University Street with Emerson Ave - Palo Alto, California. Now at Harvard Business School - Boston, MA

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Getting Lost in Oneself (process) - BGSQD,Manhattan,NYC

New Configurations for a Queer Family -(Anarkoartlab) - Queens Museum, NY.

Trans Pacific (Public Art Site Specific) and Trans Smalls Sketches) - Oi Future Museum of Art and Technology - Rio / Brazil

Anthropophagous Banquet - 12 channels Video installation, Republic Museum, Rio / Brazil

Selected Group Exhibitions


Descolonizando a Amazonia, ritual and site specific performance in front of the stock exchange building.

Collapse of consciousness, Site specific to ICE building - Manhattan NYC / Brooklyn Brigid


Radar Queimadas (Public Art Performance)- Streets of NYC [Brooklyn/ Brooklyn Bridge/ Central Park/ Columbus Circle / Times Square]


Bombing walls (Performance) - Last Frontier, Brooklyn and Grace Space Exhibition, Manhattan, NYC

Cracks in the Civilized Landscape - Film and Performance-ANARKOARTLAB - The Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival, Montreal, CA

Experiments on Trans-Architectural Bodies - KGB, East village, NYC

Experiments in Trans- Architectural Colors - NightClub, Brooklyn, NY


ANARKOARTLAB - Skin of places - Secret Garden - Fort Tilden, NY


Aimlessly - Beyond Limits: Post Global Biennale/San Diego Art Institute, CA


Cracks in the civilized landscapes- Lesbian Herstory Archives, NYC

Resonance - Prism Breakup / Eyebeam -NYC

Unlanguage - Mediations biennial - The Unknown - Poznan / Poland

ANARKOARTLAB - Occupy Revolution here and now, Living Theater, NYC

Cracks - Performance and video –Dimanche Rouge, Paris, France


Cracks/ 10 channels video installation / Mix Experimental Festival NYC

Spectacles in Flames (Public Art Projects) /Flash: light Nuit Blanche/ New Museum, NYC

Chess- Anarko Art Festival – Deconstructing power; creating new routes – The Living Theater, NYC

Cracks drawings/Letters CATMChelsea Manhattan Art Gallery, NYC

NoTerritory - Lumen – Anarko Art Lab – Staten Island, NY

Invented House - Endless Bridge (Manhattan Bridge), Leo Kuelbs Collections, Brooklyn and Berlin


Meeting God - Mix Experimental Film Festival - Manhattan/NY
Transverse - The Map is not the territory - NYFA 2009 / Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
Mirror Organism - Anarchist Art Lab / Living Theater, Manhattan, NY
Spur Brooklyn -The End. And...Latin Collector, Manhattan, NY
Transpiration - Other world resonances - Anarchist Art Lab / Living Theater, Manhattan, NY
Nuclei - Reproduction (Proposal) Anarchist Art Lab. / Living Theater , Manhattan, NY

Vein - Luminous Flux Video Art - Galapagos Art Space, Dumbo, NY
Meeting God - Future=Fertile - Leo Kuelbs Collection, Brooklyn, NY
Heliogabalus and Consciousness causes collapse-Anarchist Art Festival - Living Theater, Manhattan, NY
Transmutation Landscape - The Object is illuminated - Latin Collector Gallery, Manhattan, NY


Invented House - Public Art Project - Streets of San Francisco- San Francisco, CA
Space within space - Leo Kuelbs Collection, Brooklyn, NY
Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls - "Consciousness causes collapse" - Dumbo Art Center, Brooklyn, NY

Manhattan FLOWER Bridge (Public Art Project Manhattan Bridge) DUMBO, NY

Staircase Public Art Project / Staircase Photo video Installation - Allied Kinetics - Leo Kuelbs Collection, Brooklyn,NY

Action number 3 (Altar) / Exorcising the church - Public Art Project (entrance doors) - Judson Memorial Church - Manhattan, NY

Spur Brooklyn - Video Installation - D.U.M.B.O under the bridge project, Brooklyn, NY

Adam/Soldier - Photo Video installation -Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA

Actions number 1,2,3 - Video Art - San Francisco County Fair Building on Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

Video installations - and Video Art - Itau Cultural -Made in Brazil project -ZKM(Germany) WRO (Poland) Videoart Center Tokyo (Japan),Triangle (France), SESC Sao Paulo and Videobrasil (Brazil)

Possession - Photo Installation- Art Explosion, San Francisco, CA

Identity - "Landing " - Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA Ariadne (project 3) - Video - Venus film festival - New York City - NY

DDNA1 - Anno Domini- Phantom Galleries - San Jose windows project - Temporary public art - San Jose, CA
Ariadne (project 1) - video installation and photos - Ballaco Gallery - San Francisco, CA

Interference on Public TV broadcast - 24th International Biennial of Art, Ljubljana - Slovenia
Paradoxical Images - Video Installations - School of Visual Arts at Parque Lage - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Deviation of the feminine - Nomad extension (Constructed Identity) and Narcissus - video installation - CCCEF - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Spur (Dialogs) - video installation "Rumos Visuais" Project / Itaú Cultural - Brazil / São Paulo / Recife / Minas Gerais - Brazil
Seeing trough her eyes - video installation - FUNART National Foundation for the Arts - Rio de Janeiro- Brazil

Random Field - Video Installation - Gallery for Contemporary Arts at the Telephone Museum - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Living in the randomness - Video Etchings - "Exposição Espaço gravado" Gallery for Contemporary Arts at the Telephone Museum - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Ego Formula - Video Etchings - Bennett University - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Circular Frequency - Video Installation - School of Visual Arts at Parque Lage - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Book -Video - Object " Borderline " - Video Installation, Paco das Artes - SP - Brazil

Zone 0 - Video Installation - Museum of Modern Art - Rio de Janeiro -Brazil

Temporary Body- dance -video installation / Centro Cultural Itaú - SP- Brazil
In This is What is in This - video installation /DBKV Deutsch-Brasilianische Kulturelle in Berlin MAM Receiver of screams- video installation -Exhibition
O Grito / National Museum of Fine Arts- RJ- Brazil

Dodecaedro - Video Installation - Calouste Gulbekian Art Center- Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Electronic Egg - Sculpture - Estácio de Sá University - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Axis - Video Installation -Exhibition: Interdinamiótico - Fluminense Federal University- Rio de Janeiro

I.T.E.M. - Video Installation - Exhibition: A cor do Rio / CCC- RJ Collect Machine - Video Installation- Exhibition: Códigos Sincrônicos / CCC- Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Monad - video installation - Exhibition: Neural network / Parque Lage School of Visual Arts / RJ - Brazil

Khrónos - video installation - Parque Lage School of Visual Arts / Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Memory of the Hell - Dance video installation - Exhibition: "The Divine Comedy"/MAM Museum of Modern Art - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Awards & Grants

NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts - The Mentoring Program

Prize - Zone 0 (No - Territory) - video installation, XVI Brazilian National Exhibit of Contemporary Art / Museum of Modern Arts - RJ - Brazil

Great Prize - Anthropophagous Banquet - video installation - ABRA Project Paço of Arts - SP - Brazil

Prize - Filter / Fold and Point - video installation - XV Brazilian National Exhibit of Contemporary Art/National Museum of Arts - RJ- Brazil

Great Prize - Monad - video installation - II Exhibition MAM Bahia/Museum of Modern Art - BA- Brazil


Museum of Modern Art - Bahia - Brazil
FUNARTE National Museum of Fine Arts - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Gerald Brett - USA
Susan Diridon - USA
Harvard Business school - USA


TRANS - 300 pages book about Adriana Varella works by Oi Future Museum / Rio de Janeiro- Brazil
Made in Brazil - Three Decades of Brazilian Video by Arlindo Machado pages - 21,36,146,154,155,167