“The imagery of my works reveals both existential and symbolic examinations upon the body, biography, fiction, culture and politics. Through my interdisciplinary work I aim to provoke dissonances and the displacement of meaning to ignite an unexpected perceptual apprehension on the viewers. I look for the gap in which the automatized recognition of meaning fails, allowing space for reflection and questioning.”– Cristiane Bouger

Cristiane Bouger (b. Curitiba/Brazil) is a New York-based artist who works in the intersection of performance, video, theater, poetry, and critical writing. She is inspired by philosophy, literature, contemporary dance, and punk/post-punk influences. She is the co-founder of UMWELT Studio, in Brooklyn/New York.


Bouger’s works have been featured during Venice International Performance Art Week (Venice, 2017); at 20MINUTOS.MOV/Guairacá Cultural (Curitiba, 2017); Bushwick Open Studios (New York, 2016 and 2015); Museu Oscar Niemeyer (Curitiba, 2014); the Movement Research at the Judson Church series (New York, 2013 and 2014); Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (Chicago, 2013); chashama 461 Gallery (New York, 2012–2013); CPR – Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn, 2013); National Center of Dance – Bucharest/Atelierul de Productie (Bucharest, 2011); Centro Cultural São Paulo – CCSP (São Paulo, 2011); Teatro Cleon Jacques (Curitiba, 2011), Anthology Film Archives – New Filmmakers Series (New York, 2010); Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro – MAM-RJ (Rio de Janeiro, 2010); Centro Cultural Solar do Barão (Curitiba, 2009–2010); Cine Humberto Mauro/Palácio das Artes (Belo Horizonte, 2009); ACE Film Festival (New York, 2008); In-Presentable 08 (Madrid, 2008); Montage Video Dance Festival (Johannesburg, 2008); Mostra Latino Americana Vento Sur (Curitiba, 2008); Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (Salvador, 2008); Videobrasil/SESC – Avenida Paulista (São Paulo, 2008); 9ème Festival des Cinémas Différents (Paris, 2007); Dixon Place (New York, 2007); ACT – Ateliê de Criacão Teatral (Curitiba, 2007); the 1st Live Art Meeting of Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, 2005); CB’s Gallery Lounge (New York, 2004); Teatro Carlos Gomes/Panorama de Dança (Rio de Janeiro, 2004), and Casa Hoffmann (2003, 2004), among others.


Bouger’s documentary Community, Activism and the Downtown Scene – an independent documentary about the experimental scene in New York (2006, 110 min) was translated into Romanian and broadcast on the national channel TVR Cultural (Romania, 2011–2012). In 2008 Cristiane Bouger’s work was featured in the video collection Circuitos Compartilhados (Shared Circuits), curated by Newton Goto. The collection, funded by  the Institute of Historical and Artistic National Heritage (IPHAN), was distributed to museums, art institutions, and video archives in Brazil.


Cristiane Bouger’s critical writing production has been published in books, newspapers, journals, and magazines in the USA, UK, Portugal, and Brazil. She was a guest editor for the magazine Abrigo Portátil (Editora Medusa,  Curitiba, 2016); a contributing editor for Movement Research Performance Journal (2006–2013); a collaborating writer for Critical Correspondence (2008–2010) and Performa 09 (2009–2010); a guest writer for Movement Research Moving Dialogue Exchange in the USA and Romania (2010–2011); an editor and member of the publishing board of Relâche–Casa Hoffmann’s Magazine (Curitiba/Brazil, 2003–2004).


Cristiane Bouger’s short fiction “O Espaço Negativo” [The Negative Space] was published in the literary journal Rascunho (Editora Letras & Livros, #208,  August 2017). Her poetry work was published in the literary magazine Bólide (Editora Medusa, 2014) and in the anthology Fantasma Civil, featured as part of the 20th Curitiba International Biennial – Literature Program (Brazil, 2013). Her work was presented in public readings as part of the event Curitiba Urge (reading by actor Andrew Knoll), which integrated Curitiba Mostra during the Curitiba Theater Festival (Brazil, 2017); during Bushwick Open Studios (UMWELT Studio/Brooklyn, 2015); Instituto Hilda Hilst – IHH (Campinas/Brazil, 2014), and at the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts – BEA (New York, 2014).


Cristiane Bouger was a 2012–2014 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2012–2013 Performa Magazine Writer-in-Residence. She was a fellow of The Kitchen’s Sixth Annual Sidney Kahn Summer Institute – Visual Arts and New Media (The Kitchen/Sarah Lawrence College, New York, 2004), and an Artist-in-Residence at Casa Hoffmann – International Center for Movement Studies (Curitiba, 2003), in Brazil. From 2001 to 2003 she studied with the Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho during the First Contemporary Philosophy Program at Instituto Paraná Desenvolvimento, in Curitiba/Brazil. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts – Art Direction (2002) from Faculdade de Artes do Paraná (College of Arts of Paraná, current UNESPAR).


Cristiane Bouger's work has received support from 20MINUTOS.MOV, with funds by Rumos Itaú Cultural (Brazil); the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Davis/Dauray Family Fund and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council (New York); by the Romanian Cultural Institute New York, and the Centrul Național al Dansului București – CNDB (Bucharest / Romania); by Fundação Cultural de Curitiba/Prefeitura de Curitiba (Curitiba's Cultural Foundation/Curitiba City Hall/Brazil), and by  Centro Cultural Teatro Guaira – CCTG (Guaira Theater Cultural Center/Brazil). She was part of the art collective Couve-Flor (2005–2012, Brazil), which was the 2011–2012 recipient of Petrobrás Cultural Program, a national award for the maintenance of dance and theater groups in Brazil, and of FUNARTE Petrobrás Klauss Vianna Dance Award 2006, with funds by the National Foundation for the Arts, the Ministry of Culture, and Petrobrás (Brazil).

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