Thomas Valentin has been active in photography for more then 40 years and only recently has he started to exhibit his work.
In February 2013, Cosmococa 6, a collaboration with Helio Oiticica
conceived in New York in 1973, was presented at the Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin, during the Berlinale Cinema Festival. This work is now being shown in the Art Institute of Chicago. In the same year, as part of the FotoRio, his photographic essay “NO EXIT/SEM SAÍDA” was exhibited in the Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal. Still in 2013, unpublished photos of Helio Oiticica were included in the book conglomerados newyorkaises organized by Cesar Oiticica Filho and Frederico Coelho (Editora Azougue). In 2015 during the FotoRio 2015, took part in the exhibit Ser Carioca: Formas de Sociabilidade no Rio de Janeiro, curated by Julieta Roitman, Milton Guran and Pedro Vasquez. His photo essay TEMPOS, curated by Andreas Valentin and Jose Diniz was exhibited in the Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal in Rio de Janeiro from October to December 6, 2015.
His interests go beyond photography. In partnership with his brother Andreas Valentin and in collaboration with Helio Oiticica, he conceived the installation Call me Helium, exhibited as a concept during the Salão de Verão, Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro in 1975 and was fully assembled in 2014 at the Centro Cultural dos Correios in Rio de Janeiro. Also with Andreas, he made short films the award winning “Circulo Vermelho Sobre o Branco” (1974); “One Night on Gay Street”; and “Flit”.
Thomas was active for more then 40 years in multinational capital goods industries, having led companies in Brazil, USA, Asia and Switzerland.