Gustavo Caboco

1989, Curitiba/Roraima, Brazil
Lives and works in Brasília, Brazil


Gustavo Caboco, of the Wapishana people, works in the fields of visual arts, literature, and cinema. His work explores multiple media, such as drawing, painting, textiles, installation, performance, photography, video, sound, and text. Creating devices for reflection on the displacement of indigenous bodies, the processes of (re)territorialization and memory production. His artistic training began in childhood, in his mother’s Lucilene Wapichana sewing studio, who has always told him about the family, the landscape, and the memories of the maloca of Canauanim, in Roraima, from where she was taken at an early age.

The lessons learned from the threads and the stories of his mother are the foundation of Caboco’s research, whose driving force is the pathways that lead to the original territory, the steps to “return to earth”. His artistic practice takes shape in this transit, strengthening the threads that weave together the memory of the ancestral relationship with the land, a memory nothing can erase. An important part of his propositions also take place in educational spaces, such as schools, universities, cultural centers, and indigenous and quilombola communities, in which he proposes practical anti-colonial pedagogical activities. In addition to countering the hegemonic narratives of colonialism by means of his autonomous research in museum collections and archives.

Caboco has published the books Baaraz Kawau in 2019, and Baaraz Ka’aupan and Recado do Bendegó in 2022, all under the independent label he founded, Picada Livros. In 2023 he started the residency project Ateliê-Lavrado and held the seminar Strengthening Threads at the British Museum, in London. In the previous year, he held the solo show ouvir àterra, at Millan, São Paulo, and was invited to the aabaakwad indigenous meeting at the Sámi pavilion at the Venice Biennale in Italy. That same year, he was invited artist for the 32nd exhibition program of Centro Cultural São Paulo, where he presented the show Coma Colonial; he also developed an original work for the project Respiração 25: Devir Indígena, at Casa Museu Eva Klabin, Rio de Janeiro; he presented the performance encontro di-fuso at the University of Manchester, England, during the Festival of Latin American Anti-Racist and Decolonial Art. In 2024, he was invited to join the curatorial team of the Brazilian Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale, alongside Arissana Pataxó and Denilson Baniwa.

Among his notable group shows are: Um Século de Agora, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; Parábola do Progresso, Sesc Pompéia, São Paulo; and Atos de Revolta, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, all of which took place in 2022. In the previous year he participated in the  34th Bienal de São Paulo and the exhibition Moquém Surarï, at the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; previously he was part of Véxoa: We Know, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2020), and VAIVÉM, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro e Brasília (2019).

His work is featured in the collections of institutions such as ISLAA – Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, New York, USA; MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; MON – Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brasil; Museu da Língua Portuguesa, São Paulo, Brasil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná, Curitiba, Brasil; Museu Paranaense, Curitiba, Brasil, and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil.

Artist’s website

17/04 >> 24/11/24
Hãhãwpuá Pavillion opens at the Biennale Arte 2024
Biennale Arte 2024
Venice, Italy
28/05 >> 27/07/24
ISLAA opens exhibition with Feliciano Centurión, Gustavo Caboco, and Lidia Lisbôa
Institute for Studies on Latin American Art – ISLAA
New York, USA
A painting by Gustavo Caboco is now part of the Pinacoteca’s permanent collection
Pinacoteca de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Gustavo Caboco is among the curators of the Brazilian representation at the 60th Biennale di Venezia
La Biennale di Venezia
Venice, Italy
28/02 >> 29/02/24
Indigenous artists in the spotlight during G20 meetings
Bienal Pavilion
São Paulo, Brazil
Conversa com ausências: Talk with Gustavo Caboco at the Bienal de São Paulo
Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
19/10/23 >> 25/02/24
Gustavo Cabocos participates in ‘Indigenous Histories’
São Paulo, Brazil
Gustavo Caboco published a new essay in revista Morel
Revista Morel
Ipsis Pub
Millan’s artists are featured in a series about the São Paulo Biennial
Fundação Bienal de São Paulo/Arte1
04/08 >> 05/11/23
Emmanuel Nassar, Gustavo Caboco, and Thiago Martins de Melo are part of the 1st Bienal das Amazônias
Belém, Brazil
Gustavo Caboco presents his research for PIPA Prize 2023
PIPA Prize
24/06 >> 17/09/23
Thiago Martins de Melo, Daiara Tukano, Emmanuel Nassar and Gustavo Caboco are in ‘O sagrado da Amazônia’
Instituto Incluzartiz
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gustavo Caboco’s work is the subject of a critical essay
02/01 >> 26/02/23
Brasil Futuro: as formas da democracia, group show at Museu Nacional da República
Museu Nacional da República
Brasília, Brazil
22/11 >> 26/11/23
Gustavo Caboco is featured in the Flip’s program
Paraty, Brazil
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