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Porto Alegre, RS - 1972

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Edu Monteiro is an artist and researcher. He holds a post-doctoral and doctoral degree in Arts from Graduate Program in History of Art at the State University of Rio de Janeiro and a master's degree in Science of Art from Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences at the Federal Fluminense University. He also has a background in Arts and Visual History from the Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris (France). As an artist, his works are part of the collection at Museum of Modern Art - Rio de Janeiro/Coleção Joaquim Paiva, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, among others. He is the author of the books "Paisagem Vertical" (Nau editora, 2022), "Autorretrato Sensorial" (Pingadoprés, 2015), and "Saturno" (Azougue Editorial, 2014). He is the vice-leader of the LAPA - Laboratory of Arts and Alterity Policies research group at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). In 2021, he won the XVI Funarte Marc Ferrez Photography Award, and in 2019, he was a finalist for the National Pierre Verger and Chico Albuquerque Photography Awards.


Among his solo exhibitions, notable ones include "Madureira em Transe" at Sesc Madureira in 2022, "Corpos em Luta" at Galeria Movimento in 2019, and "Costas de Vidro" at Z42 Arte Contemporânea in 2018, all in Rio de Janeiro (RJ). "The Invisible Fight" at the China Art Museum in 2017. "Saturno" in the city of Dali at the DIPE - 6th Dali International Photo Exhibition and in Yixian during the Yixian Photography Festival, both in China in 2015. In the same year, he exhibited "Autorretrato Sensorial" at Paraty em Foco in Rio de Janeiro (RJ). In 2014, his series "Autorretrato Sensorial" was part of the Lianzhou Foto Festival in Lianzhou (China), which was also exhibited at DOC Gallery in São Paulo (SP).




"Paisagem Vertical" is a personal cartography that subverts the common representation of space, it is an encounter of temporalities. In 1997, Edu Monteiro photographed the Aparados da Serra region, on the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. These are records of the beginning of the transformations caused by the arrival of asphalt and vertical landscapes in the South of the country. In a dialogue of previous and new images, taken in 2022, subject and space are confused, tensioning the relationship between nature and culture through photographs crossed by performance and sculptural objects that mark the changes in the place and in Edu Monteiro’s poetics over the years.

"Paisagem Vertical" was awarded first place in the XVI Marc Ferrez Photography Award.


With powerful spells, chants, drumming and imperceptibles coups at the look, Ladja is a combat dance with african origins, based on the mystical power of invisibility. Practiced in the small caribbean island of Martinique, it keeps alive the ancestral memories of slavery, anchored in the body of its fighters.

By spending a season on the island to become a Ladja fighter, the photographer Edu Monteiro builds the visuality of this work from this body experience. Neither obvious nor documentary, the photographs of this essay are apparitions, fight to show the invisible and its mysteries. With less than a hundred practitioners and unknown beyond their own borders, this ritual is now revealed to the world through the images of one initiated.