Paula Damasceno is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and scholar born in Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil, in 1975, and is based in Greensboro, North Carolina since 2012.
Paula's works are inquiries about history, archives and culture. In video, photography, perfomance, installation, and social practices, Paula focus on aesthetic strategies that evokes and invokes the past to contemplate the present and recreate futures.
Her latest work Offerings was granted the 2019 SPE Innovation Award, the First Place Award at the 2018 Light Factory Throwdown Portfolio, and MoMa Photography Curator Lucy Gallun has selected Offerings as her Juror’s Choice Award Nomination to be printed in the 2020 Hariban Award Catalog . Paula has exhibited at the Greensboro Project Space Greensboro, the Weatherspoon Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Southeastern Center for Photography.
In 2018 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in Photography and a minor in Media Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a Master of Library Science and Art History candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration on Latin American artistic and photographic archives.
Paula started her artistic education early on spending her childhood between ballet classes, school, and her parent's and grandparents' objects, vinyl records, art history slides, and political activities. In her adulthood, she became an actress, and later a documentary video maker, visual artist, film festival curator and art instructor.
Since 2001, Paula has worked in Brazil, Germany, France, Vietnam, Mexico, and United States, as a director, project designer, grant writer, researcher, producer, videographer, video editor, and instructor. Works that she has participated in and made have been screened at the MoMa, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC, the Docstown International Documentary Film Festival, in Mexico, and at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, and The Carolina Theater of Greensboro.
Her independent work has been granted awards by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Culture Secretary of the State of Bahia, and by the Cultural Foundation of Bahia State. She has participated in two artistic residencies at Elsewhere Living Museum, NC, and at La Casa del Tunel, in Tijuana BC, Mexico.
Her latest work Offerings was selected by Lucy Gallun as her Juror’s Choice Award in the Hariabn Awards 2020, the 2019 SPE Student Innovation Award, and the First Place Award at the 2018 Light Factory Throwdown Portfolio. Paula has exhibited at the Greensboro Project Space Greensboro, the Weatherspoon Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Southeastern Center for Photography.
Paula holds a BFA from the UNC Greensboro and is an Art History MA candidate at the UNC-Chapel Hill.