Berna Reale (b. 1965, Belém (PA), Brazil) works with installations and performances. She studied art at the Federal University of Pará and has taken part in solo and group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad as well as in several Biennials. Violence has been the main focus of her work in recent years. Reale became a criminal expert at the State of Pará Centre for Scientific Expertise and has close experience of a range of crimes and social conflicts. Her performances are conceived with the aim of creating a commotion so as to provoke reflection. She lives and works in Belém, Brazil.
Berna Reale’s work has been shown at the Brazilian delegation at the 56th Venice Biennial (Venice, Italy, 2015); Foto Bienal Masp (MASP, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013); the Liège International Photography Biennial (Liége, Belgium, 2006); Cerveira Biennial (Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, 2005).
Her solo exhibitions include: Vapor (Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014), and Vazio de Nós (Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, 2013). Among her group exhibitions the following stand out: Singularidades/Anotações – Rumos Artes Visuais 1998-2013 (Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014); Cães sem Plumas (MAMAM, Recife, Brazil, 2014; Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013); Amazônia – Ciclos da Modernidade (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012); From the Margin to the Edge (Somerset House, London, UK, 2012). In 2009, she received the prestigious Salão Arte Pará (Belém, state of Pará) award; in 2011 was selected for “Rumos Visuais” – Itaú Cultural, and for the PIPA Prize in 2012 and 2013.