Lais Myrrha

1974, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil


Moving between installation, sculpture and architectural elements, Lais Myrrha’s practice is established around the instruments that mediate our occupation of space. By inciting an experience, her work highlights the relationship between physical and symbolic place, emphasizing the arbitrary character and power discourses that conventions and systems of representation denote. Fundamentally, her works are distributed in four zones, which often intersect: AtlasZone of instabilityCase studies and Chronicles.

The first comprises a series of works with maps, measuring instruments, dictionaries, almanacs and books, in which Myrrha interferes to create commentaries that can make visible – and thus thinkable – modes and systems of representation, as well as their parameters and landmarks. The Zone of instability is made up of works in which permanence and balance seem flawed and/or precarious. Case Studies highlights elements of architecture and modernism, less for issues concerning architecture itself than for the images produced by it as if it were a projective machine of the phantasmagorias of power. Finally, the Chronicles are visual and textual comments on events observed in Myrrha’s daily life, either through the daily displacement through the city where she lives or through which she passes, or through the news.

Myrrha is a PHD candidate and holds a MFA from Escola de Belas-Artes from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Among her noteworthy solo shows are Fundamentos da Pedra, at Millan, in 2023; O condensador de futuros, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, in 2021; Infinite Column, Blanton Museum, Austin, USA, 2017; Reparation of Damages, Broadway 1602, New York, USA, in 2017; Corpo de Prova, Sesc Bom Retiro, São Paulo, also in 2017; Projeto Gameleira 1971, Pivô, São Paulo, 2014; Border Game, Galeria Millan, 2009.

Among her group exhibitions, the following stand out: 37th Panorama de Arte Brasileira: Sob as cinzas, brasa, at the MAM, São Paulo, in 2022; MemoriAntonia, at the Centro Universitário Maria Antônia, São Paulo, in 2021; 13th Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, in 2019; 12th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea, in 2018; 32th Bienal de São Paulo, 2017, and Avenida Paulista, at the MASP, São Paulo, in 2017.

Myrrha was awarded the Prêmio Honra ao mérito Arte e Patrimônio, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, 2013; Bolsa Funarte de Estímulo à Produção em Artes Visuais, FUNARTE, Rio de Janeiro, 2012; Bolsa Pampulha do Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, 2003. Her works are featured in the collections of Blanton Museum of Art: The University of Texas, Austin, USA; Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil.