ICA Miami presents Laura Lima “The Inverse,” the debut American solo museum exhibition for the renowned Brazilian artist. Working across mediums, the artist frequently subjects the body to surprising juxtapositions with objects and architectures. With each installation, Lima consistently reinvents the viewer’s encounter with her work, skillfully considering the nature of perception, social relationships, and human behavior, while creating profound and startling aesthetic experiences.

For this monumental, site-specific installation, Lima entangles the gridded support beams of the museum’s Atrium Gallery with industrial nylon rope. Enormous at one end, the braided material dwindles in size until it seems to merge with a female body. Set still and partially out of view, the participant’s body achieves uncanny abstraction, presence, and suspense.


Laura Lima (b. 1971) has had solo exhibitions at the Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; Performa 15, New York; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her work has been included in major group shows at 2011 Lyon Biennale; 14 Rooms, Fondation Beyeler, Basel and the 1998 and 2006 São Paulo Biennale.

Lima is a co-founder and partner of the Galeria de Artes A Gentil Carioca in downtown Rio de Janeiro with Marcio Botner and Ernesto Neto. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy at the State University of Rio de Janeiro and studied at the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The artist lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

Laura Lima “The Inverse” is organized by ICA Miami and curated by Alex Gartenfeld, Deputy Director & Chief Curator.

Funded through the Knight Contemporary Art Fund at The Miami Foundation.

Major support is provided by the Dr. Kira and Mr. Neil Flanzraich Fund for Curatorial Research at ICA Miami. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami and Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo.