Lenora de Barros was born in 1953 in São Paulo, where she continues to live and work. In 1970 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and immediately began considering the interactions between her already developed poetry practice and visual art. In 1979 she developed one of her first visual poems, Poema, a series of photographs depicting the artist’s tongue interacting with the mechanism of a typewriter. While text always remained central to her work, de Barros’s practice later expanded to live, video-recorded, or photographed performance. Still actively creating today, de Barros incorporates tenets of pop art, Fluxus, conceptual art, and body art to explore bisual and verbal communication


  • Title: Poema (Poem)
  • Creator: Lenora de Barros
  • Date Created: 1979
  • Physical Dimensions: 55 × 11 ¾ in. (139.7 × 29.8 cm) overall
  • Rights: Photography: Fabiana de Barros. Courtesy of Lenora de Barros and Galeria Millan, São Paulo. © Lenora de Barros
  • External Link: Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1965 at the Hammer Museum
  • Medium: Six black-and-white inkjet prints on paper
  • Original Source: Lenora de Barros and Galeria Millan, São Paulo
  • Nationality of Artist: Brazilian
  • Life Dates of Artist: b. 1953

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