Luisa Callegari

Brazil – Multimedia

‘A butcher is suspected of killing, quartering and keeping his ex-girlfriend in the freezer. The body was placed in bags in the middle of animal meat. The murder weapon, a 30-centimeter butcher knife, was found at the scene and seized’, 2020

oil and oil pastel on canvas, 160×118 cm


(sangue), 2020

oil pastel on cotton paper

55 x 55cm


Romã (pomegranate) (2), 2020

Oil pastel on paper

30 × 30 cm


Interested in themes that relate to sexual trauma and the male gaze, Luisa’s work uses the body as material and creates an interesting intersection between performance, images and sculptural work.

Boneca, 2019 performance

Glamour (Part of Boneca project), 2015

Digital Prints

60 × 60 cm

£ 200

Boneca sets the body and social condition of the woman in evidence, exaggerating a objectification situation. Wearing a beige modelling body, plastic sexdoll mouth and makeup with pink sugar inside my mouth I walk in to the defined spot. When I get there I remain standing still for a minimum period of 100 min, letting the dyed saliva drip out of the plastic doll mouth. I intend to force an unsettling scenario where whatever is the viewers choice about how they will acknowledge the performance that seems to never really start.


I have a thing for sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong and, if death, flesh, sex and porn are male subjects I’m impelled to talk about it all. If our still-patriarchal society wishes not to see the mothers living among men, I feel the urge to bring this subject up any time I have a chance.

South American, mother, feminist. In my artworks I research subjects such as the body, violence, gender issues, sexuality, porn and motherhood. My goal as an artist is to make art that is unsettling, assertive and political.

Corpo, 2017-2020

Nude, 2019

digital photography – Postcards Printed on couche paper

15 x 12 cm each

£ 20


Açougue, 2020

photographic print on cotton paper

75 x 60 cm


Manman, 2018

plaster, oil paint and metal stand

123 x 52 x 49 cm


Corpo, 2018

Wood, cork, acrylic paint, nylon, polyurethane, polyester fibre

98 x 63 x 10 cm


Artist’s bio:

Luisa Callegari (b. 1994, Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo. Currently completing a master’s degree in Fine Arts at UNESP – Instituto de Artes and Graduated in Fine Arts at Faculdade Santa Marcelina (2015). She was granted with CAPES scholarship (2019/20) and awarded at the exhibitions Salão Virgínia Artigas (2020) and at 48o SAC de Piracicaba (2016).

Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide including: Feminist demands in Contemporary Art (MIA Anywhere, 2020) Empena na Quarentena (Lona Galeria, São Paulo, Brasil 2020); 19 (web, 2020). Ebinnale (Chiesetta della Misericordia, Venice, Italy 2019); A menina mais feia da turma (Ateliê 397, São Paulo, Brasil 2019); Entre dois Hemisférios (Galeria Zagut, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2019); VeniceLands ArtPrize (Casa dei Mezzadri, Italy, 2019), 16º Salão Ubatuba de Artes Visuais (Fundart, Ubatuba, Brasil, 2019). Eminent Domain (Art511, New York, USA, 2018); A Sensual Aggression (St Anne’s Galleries, Lewes, UK, 2018); 50 Nuances de Rose (59Rivoli, Paris, France, 2018); Cá entre nós (OA Galeria, Vitória, Brasil, 2018); Proximidades Relativas (Redbull Station, São Paulo, Brasil, 2018). Aéreo (Galeria Puerta Azul, Santiago, Chile, 2017); FiLiArt (Institute of Education, London, UK, 2017); A Nova Arte Política (Fundação Lauro Campos, São Paulo, Brasil, 2017).