Rosângela Rennó was born in 1962 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Rosângela Rennó’s source of inspiration and the basis of her work is what she calls “dead files” – newspapers, old family albums, slides found in flea markets or archives. Interested in “how the system systematically tries to erase the links to the past”, she wants to render visible society’s anonymous and overlooked protagonists who, in vernacular photographs, often express far more about the human condition than photographs with an artistic intent. Distinguished by her innovative, politically charged presentations, she appropriates and transforms archival photographic material into larger compositions, often in the form of installations or photographic books. Her work is a systematic investigation of time, forgetting, as well as the social and psychological changes that transform reminniscence. She is interested in the imperfection of memory and photography, both of which are fragmentary and approximate lived experience. In Rennó’s words : “I prefer to work with amnesia more than with memories.”
Rennó has taken part in numerous international manifestation such as 3rd Beijing Pho Biennal, Video Brasil (2018), BIENALSUR, Buenos Aires (2017-2019), Triennial of Paris (2012), Biennials in Sao Paolo (1994-1998-2010) and Venice (1993-2003). Her work has been presented recently in international institution including Jeu de Paume, Paris (2020), Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Museu de arte Moderna de São Paulo (2013-2016-2019), Griffith University Art Museum, Australia (2018), Centre Pompidou (2010-2015), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Fondation Cartier (2014), Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2013), Foundation Calouste Gubenkian, Lisbon, Fotomuseum Winterthur (2012).
Her work forms part of many international museum collections: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Colección Cisneros, Caracas / New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York; Daros Latin America, Zurich; Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim CACI, Belo Horizonte; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo.