The eternal human necessity to be physically and emotionally sheltered has been a major force in Josely Carvalho’s artwork. In this new visual book, she directs her focus to the lights and shadows of the negotiation process of intimacies. Her photography is constructed of dramatic sceneries containing an erotic allusion pulsating through life and death, complicity and annihilation.
Entre os Lençóis / Between the Sheets includes fragments of her poetry written in English and Portuguese, over the course of several years. The words, kept in their original languages, dialogue with recent digital photographic images, part of a new series of works entitled White Territories exhibited at Valu Oria Galeria de Arte, São Paulo in 2008.
Josely Carvalho, born in São Paulo, Brazil, lives and works in New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Her works range from paintings, sculptures, book art, printmaking, photography, video, sound and the internet. Her installations incorporate the use of various technologies in the construction of both digital and physical environments. She is the recipient of several grants among them: Creative Capital Foundation (2000) for her project, Book of Roofs; Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio International Conference and Research Center residency in Italy (2000), New York State Council for the Arts, 2002; New York Foundation for the Arts (1999 & 1987); NEA Visual Artist Fellowship (1995-96); Harvestworks Media Center, New York (2001). She has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Japan.