Since 2005, Regina Parra, through painting, performance, video, and installation, has explored the tension between oppression and rebellion. Her early research focused on colonialism and the lasting injustices of patriarchy and capitalism, producing works that ask the viewer to rethink official narratives by focusing on the marks left on those who have been forgotten, subjugated, enslaved, and exploited.
Born in São Paulo in 1984, Parra holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and completed a Master's in Art History under the guidance of curator Lisette Lagnado.
Initially, Parra graduated with a degree in theater and worked for renowned director Antunes Filho as his assistant director until 2003. A connection with the performing arts, especially with Greek tragedy, is present in her work as a visual artist.
In 2013, she was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that causes severe loss of muscle strength. This experience reverberates, in different ways, through her works. The body took on a more central role and she opened new investigations in a search for movements and gestures approaching dance as opposed to the immobility of her own body. Her focus centered on woman’s social body, as a place of affirmation and potential power. Female bodies are perceived as vulnerable and fragile, but Parra seeks to turn this assumption around through a process of reconstructing and adapting bodily movement to limitation. Parra’s work speaks of veiled, historical violence in relation to women.
In recent years, her works have been shown at institutions such as the Jewish Museum (NY), Pablo Atchugarry Art Center (Miami), Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Shiva Gallery (NY), PAC_Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (Milan), Museu Nacional (Lisbon), On Curating Project Space (Zurich), Galeria Senda (Barcelona), MASP, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, MAM, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Pivô, CCSP, Parque Lage, Paço das Artes, Fundação Marcos Amaro, Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (all in Brazil). She has held solo exhibitions at Galeria Millan (SP), Marcos Amaro Foundation (SP), MASC_Museum of Santa Catarina (SC), Sítio (SC), Pivô (SP), Centro Cultural São Paulo Paço das Artes (SP), Fundação Joaquim Nabuco (PE) and Galeria Leme (SP).
In 2021, she was selected to be one Monira Foundation artists in residence at Mana Contemporary (NJ). In the previous year, she was selecetd for The Watermill Center Residency Program (NY). In 2019, she was part of the Annex_B Artist Residency (NY). And, in 2008, she was an artist in residence at the Residency Unlimited Program (R.U.), in Brooklyn (NY). Parra also participated in the Pivô Research Residency Program, in 2014. And was part of The first edition of the Red Bull House of Art, in 2009 (both in Sao Paulo).
She was awarded the SP_Art Fair Prize, the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation’s Video Award, as well as The VideoBrasil Prize. Parra was also nominated for the Emerging Artists Award at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation.
Her work is part of important museum collections such as MASP_Museum of Sao Paulo; Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo; Joaquim Nabuco Foundation; VideoBrasil; Figueiredo Ferraz Institute; and FAMA Museum.
She lives and works between São Paulo and New York.