Regina Silveira
With the extremely organized and meticulous cataloging of correlated documentation and digital copies of works from the 1970s and 1980s, prospected by the Brazilian Film and Video Preservation, the artist generously participates in this project, a collaborative effort to support the overall perception of video art endeavors in Brazil in the several initiatives promoted by Walter Zanini.
Regina Silveira's videos, captured on 1/4-inch open reel magnetic tape on a Portapack camera, are digitally available here through the artist's personal website. The work of transferring these videos to a digital support took place in the 1980s, due to the “pirate” copies preserved by collectors and scholars, such as Professor Arlindo Machado. This migration of audiovisual works through several electronic and then digital technologies was made possible thanks to several people, among which are Tadeu Chiarelli, then director of MAC USP; Juliana Serre and Antoni Muntadas, professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who loaned his studio in Barcelona.






Video, 55”, B&W, no sound
Objetoculto was created as a crevice – a rectangular cutout in black cardboard on a television set, through which one can peek at fragments of an incomprehensible narrative.
Video, 2’25”, B&W, no sound
A simple action, captured with a single unedited take, of a gesture of continuously tracing with the tip of a finger the limits and the imaginary lines – meridian and diagonal – implied in the dimensionality of the video monitor itself.
Video, 1’19”, B&W, no sound
The video shows the word "ARTIFÍCIO" (artifice) written with applique letters on a transparent adhesive (tape) background, cut out into thin parallel lines. The word is gradually deconstructed as the cut-out strips with overlapping letters are removed.
Video, 2’22”, B&W, no sound
The video shows the action of a hand applying developer over a pre-sensitized offset plate, previously exposed to light, to record the silhouetted image of a handgun, which is revealed clearly only when the plate undergoes the inking process.
A arte de desenhar
Video, 2’32”, color, sound
According to the artist, this video is an impolite lesson in drawing. All of the hands are hers — both the silhouetted ones and those that attempt to emulate the gesture represented in the silhouette — ironically seeking to introduce a personal touch to graphic works that had long ago stopped being created “by hand”.
Video, 6’53”, color, sound
In this video, objects move sequentially in a loop, in front of a fixed camera placed very close to them, close enough to render them hardly recognizable and create an effect of curved spatiality. The objects are paraded to the rhythm of a sound composed of repetitive syllables, equivalent to a mantra.
Restored videos are available at:
Regina Silveira website
For more information and detail on the artistic trajectory of Regina Silveira, as well as for access to her videos, we recommend you visit her personal website.
Regina Silveira
Regina Silveira (Porto Alegre, 1939).

Regina Silveira graduated in Fine Arts from the UFRGS Arts Institute (1959), with master’s and doctorate degrees from the School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo – USP, Brazil. She has taught at the UFRGS Arts Institute (1964-1969), the University of Puerto Rico (1969-1973) and Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado – FAAP, São Paulo (1973-1985), and has been a professor at the School of Communication and Arts, USP since 1974.

The artist has participated in several important art exhibitions, such as Bienal de São Paulo (1981, 1983, 1998, 2021), Bienal Internacional de Curitiba (2013, 2015), Bienal do Mercosul (2001, 2011), Porto Alegre, Brazil; Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (1986, 1998 and 2015); Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland (2012); VI Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, (2006); and II Setouchi Triennial, Japan (2016).

Some of her most recent group exhibitions include Walking through Walls, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany, 2019; Die Macht der Vervielfältigung, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany, 2019; and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA, 2017.

Her latest solo exhibitions are: Regina Silveira: other Paradoxes, Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC-USP), São Paulo, Brazil, 2021; Limiares, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil 2020; Up there, Farol Santander, São Paulo, Brazil, 2019; Exit, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MuBE), São Paulo, Brazil, 2018; Unrealized / NãoFeito, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA, 2019; Todas as escadas, Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil, 2018.

She has received several awards, including: Prêmio Masp (2013), Prêmio APCA for her overall career (2011) and Prêmio Fundação Bunge (2009). The artist has also received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1990), Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1993) and Fulbright Foundation (1994).

Her work is featured in a number of public collections, both in Brazil and in other countries, including Colombia, the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Spain.


Objetoculto (1976)
video, 55”, B&W, sound More
Campo (1976)
video, 2’25”, B&W, sound More
Artifício (1977)
video, 1’13”, B&W, sound More
Videologia (1978)
video, 2’22”, B&W, no sound More
A arte de desenhar (1980)
video, 2’32”, color, sound More
Morfas (1981)
video, 6’53”, B&W, sound More
Lunar (2003)
Video installation Edition: 1/6 In a loop More
Mil e um dias (2007/2011)
Video, 11’15” Edition: 1/3 More
Passeio selvagem — São Paulo (2009)
Digital animation, laser projection More
Limiar (2015)
Video, 6’, color, sound Edition: 1/6 More
Una vez más (2015)
Video, 29’58”, color, sound More
Borders (2018)
Immersive virtual reality environment, linoleum plates and LED 160 x 1,400 x 1,400 cm More
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