From flying to breathing nostrils, wide arms, messages in the wind at HOA Gallery / São Paulo

From flying to breathing nostrils, wide arms, messages in the wind
with artists Alberto Pitta, Almeida da Silva, Amorí, Aun Helden, Babi Mello, Bertô, biarritzzz, Boni Gattai, Brendy Xavier, Bruna Kury, Caio Rosa, Crislaine Tavares, Gabriel Massan, George Teles, Igi Lola Ayedun, Irmãs de Pau, Kelton Campos Fausto, Kulumyn Açú, Laís Amaral, Manauara Clandestina, Mariana Rocha, Marlon Amaro, Mayara Velozo, Mestre Didi, M0XC4, Rafaela Kennedy, Caroline Ricca Lee, Rainha F, Samara Paiva, Samuel Alves de Jesus, Sidney Amaral, Wisrah Villefort, José Adário (Zé Diabo), Renan Aguena, Zumvi Arquivo Fotográfico.

Curated by Guilherme Teixeira and Nathalia Grilo.

February 4 – March 18, 2023

HOA Gallery
Rua Brigadeiro Galvão, 480
São Paulo, Brazil

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

José Adario (Zé Diabo)

Sem título, 2020


81 x 50 x 17 cm 


Igi Lola Ayedun 



Almeida da Silva

Portal, vórtice ou janela 32, 2023

White glue and light color pigment

103 x 181 cm

Irmãs de Pau


Vídeo, 4:33 min


Untitled, 2023

Iron, wood and latex

100 x 22 x 20 cm

Alberto Pitta

Coracão do Rei Caçador (from the series “Mariwô”), 2023

Painting and silkscreen on canvas.

160 x 159 cm

Aun Helden

Eternidade, 2022

Video, 11:21 min


Graça/Grace, 2022

Oil on linen

110 x 85 cm

Bruna Kury


Print on canvas

1,80 x 2,57 m



Digital print on translucent fabric, acrylic.

150 x 150 cm

Brendy Xavier

malOakleyra, 2022

Oakley Rest flip flop and tênis Oakley Turlock Low attached by nails

11 x 34 x 11 cm

Caroline Ricca Lee

Constelação de um Complexo II, 2021

Mixed media/assemblage

150 x 50 x 40 cm

Crislaine Tavares

Vestido de Correntes, 2019

Steel chains, vinyl dress and satin ribbon

100 x 30 cm

Babi Mello

Transmasculinidade Sensível (Série EDPDT – Estudo de Processos de Transição), 2020

Vídeoperformance, 10:36 min.

Boni Gattai (estilara)

“Arrows of my Ways”

Vídeo performance renderizada e editada em tempo real, transmitida ao vivo em 26 de novembro de 2021, com trilha sonora construída ao vivo por Charlie Noir.

9 min

George Teles

Untitled (Lamber com os olhos os contornos series), 2022

Print and rust on overlaid glass (monotype).

120 x 100 cm (each)

Kulumyn Açú

a comunidade desperta, 2023 

Mixed media on cotton fabric

132cm x 116cm

Kelton Campos Fausto


Mixed media on canvas

150 x 165 cm

Lais Amaral

Untitled (Bença em cima de bença series), 2023

Acrylic on canvas

160 x 140 cm

Wisrah Villefort

Given, 2022

A set of objects given to the artist by curators and other artists.

Materials and dimensions variable.

Wisrah Villefort

Given, 2022 (score detail)

A set of objects given to the artist by curators and other artists.

Materials and dimensions variable.

Marlon Amaro

A place where a garden never grows, 2022

Oil on canvas

153 x 123 cm

Manauara Clandestina 

Sem título, Balaclava series, 2022 

Fabric cap with appliqués and concrete base

156 x 40 x 40 cm

Mariana Rocha

Sem título, 2022

Acrylic paint, oil stick and oil pastel on canvas

164 x 107 cm

Mayara Velozo

Série Co-construções de um Imaginário Possível de Sentir, 2020–2021

Upholstery fabric sewing

2 x 2,5 m


Quebrando vínculos, 2023

Acrylic on canvas

115 x 160 cm

Micaela Cyrino

ontem Anastacia, 2019

Litograph on linen and embroidery

50 x 40 cm



Photo performance; digital photography, printing on cotton paper with mineral pigment

70 x 47 cm

Rafaela Kennedy

Dandara, 2019

Digital photography, printing on cotton paper with mineral pigment

10 x 105 cm

Samuel Alves de Jesus

Colisão, 2023

Digital print and acrylic paint on canvas

3 x 3 m

Samuel Alves de Jesus

Colisão, 2023 (back detail)

Digital print and acrylic paint on canvas

3 x 3 m

Renan Aguena

Vendaval de Axé, 2022


180 x 180 cm

Gabriel Massan

Estação Estranha (Strange Station), 2022

Animação 3D, 0:20 min, cor, sem som, em loop

3840 x 2160 px

Caio Rosa

1890, Sempre Viva, 2022

Drawing on photography with c-print manual enlargement

56,5 x 84 cm

Samara Paiva

O peso de tudo, 2022

Óleo sobre tela

60 x 60 cm

All images courtesy and copyright of the artists and gallery. Photos by Wallace Domingues.

Heading into its third year of activities, HOA Galeria inaugurates a new exhibition space in the center of São Paulo. 
Founded in 2020 by the artist Igi Lola Ayedun, HOA – the first black-ownedgallery in the history of Brazilian art, opens to the public the doors of its new exhibition space in the central region of São Paulo in February. Located between the neighborhoods of Santa Cecília and Barra Funda, 
with 940m2 divided between two floors, the new gallery headquarters intends to host several contemporary art programs such as exhibitions, performances, meetings, courses, seminars, publication launches and cultural activities focused on the production of artists from the global majority and/or part of LGBTQIA+ communities through a decolonial perspective. 
“Since the foundation of HOA, I feel that we are building a new step each year with a lot of international visibility, but being able to consolidate a structure in Brazil capable of relating directly with the public in an independent way is one of our greatest victories in this path.” , says Igi Lola Ayedun — owner/CEO of the organization — when asked about the importance of this inauguration for her home country. Over these three years HOA has built commercial and institutional support around the world, accounting for exhibitions, projects and partnerships in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Marrakech, Madrid and Milan. 
Space activations will happen monthly, presenting the works of represented artists, residents and guests with a focus on intercontinental connections. “It is very important to build cultural dialogues with artists from Africa, Asia and other Latin American countries so that we can transform these exhibitions into something accessible to young people from all over São Paulo’s outskirts. Then we can not only inspire, but also participate in the construction of the critical thinking of the next generations of young people who identify with these narratives.”, is what Lucas Andrade — actor, filmmaker and artistic director of HOA advocates. 
For the opening month, with the support of Soho House Global and Beck’s, the gallery presents its program with the group exhibition “From flying to breathing nostrils, wide arms, messages to the wind.” curated by Guilherme Teixeira and Nathalia Grilo, whose title revisits the first HOA presentation that took place at SP-Arte Online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition is dedicated to the manifesto of a decolonial perspective in contemporary art that permeates identity to discuss possibilities of existence, building a look at radical culture in the local scenario, expanding territories that cross its subjectivities. Bringing together works by artists who weave experiences through abstract and figurative works that explore ancestry, present and future through the works of 30 artists from the southeast, midwest, north and northeast regions of Brazil. Less than a hundred meters from Minhocão, the center of São Paulo gains yet another center of cultural initiatives for a more honest, more inclusive and diverse future.