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ANTONIA DIAS LEITE, b. 1980, Rio de Janeiro, lives and works between Rio and New York.

Antonia Dias Leite is an artist who works in video, photography and installation. She studied Social Sciences and Philosophy in Rio in the late 90s, moving to New York in 2001, she graduated from Parsons School of Design and worked as art director in an NY-based design studio. She received her master's degree in photography and video from the School of Visual Arts NY in 2009 with Vik Muniz as her thesis advisor. Antonia has exhibited in international venues such as: Beijing Biennale, New York (Stephan Stoyannov Gallery), Clermont-Ferrand (Videoformes Festival), Berlin (Grimmuseum), Milan (Arte in Sarpi Festival), São Paulo (Galeria Leme) and Rio de Janeiro (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue Italia, HL Magazine (UK) and Santa Fine Art (Brazil). In 2012 she was nominated for the Pipa Prize, an award offered by the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio) and the IP Institute (Rio de Janeiro). In 2014 she was an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited NY for three months.

The human subconscious is the main driving force behind my work. Drawing inspiration in dream mechanisms and other involuntary mental and emotional processes not under the control of the conscious mind, my work involves the space in which the vast human psyche finds confrontation with the violent chaos of material existence. Within unbalancing scenarios that refer to the surrealist film tradition, the narrative structure of the work embraces the emergence of images from subconscious associations, a process which allows me explore the plurality of perception. My practice is often marked by optical experiments and my installations are mostly site-specific in order to create immersive environments in which the viewer can enter.