Juliana Naufel Bio
Juliana Naufel is a mixed media artist based in Santos, Brazil with a BA in Visual Arts from São Paulo’s State University (UNESP) and a MA in Art Therapy by Universidade Cândido Mendes (UCAM). The artist was awarded 3rd Place in the SeeingWomen 2020 Awards, an annual award by Photos de Femmes, France. From time to time, her work travels around the world. She’s already been part of group shows in Museums and Galleries of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the U.S.A. Most of the themes were related to art & feminism or concepts of time & memory.
By stitching new stories on long lost forgotten photographs, Naufel found her voice and discovered how to use her own power to overcome trauma and take better care of herself. The artist is passionate about things that take strength from their own fragility; the understanding that what society usually considers fragile is in fact the quite opposite intrigues her. Portraits showing vulnerability, tenderness, and affection are her favorite ones to work with. Embroidering photographs might seem subtle and delicate, however, it is a powerful healing practice. Juliana is reclaiming artifacts of someone’s history and someone’s memories when she is poking holes and suturing them, almost like fixing these moments and weaving the past into the future by making it’s present. Embroidering these photographs, she’s giving space not only to heal herself but also to heal the ones who came before and the ones that are still here.