Professor at University of São Paulo, Institute of Brazilian Studies

Fellowship : October 2020 to June 2021

Discipline(s) : Sociology

Pays : Brasil

Research project : Consecration and gender inequality in the international world of art: a brazilian exception?

Since the 1970s, studies on the relationships between art and genre indicate that the conditions of access to training and artistic consecration are deeply marked by the genre of artists. Overall, women artists have encountered historical difficulties in obtaining their artistic formation and gaining notoriety in the field of art. Although this situation has changed during the 20th century, studies on artistic consecration on the market (Quemin, 2009) indicate that inequalities persist.
The question of the international consecration of Brazilian artists is the general theme of this project. It aims to analyze the alleged particularity of the Brazilian case, by comparing it to other spheres of legitimization of a symbolic and institutional character. In this sense, we intend to discuss the methods of integrating "peripheral" artists into the international artistic system, by reporting on variables such as nationality and gender.


Ana Paula Cavalcanti Simioni has been devoted to research and publications on Brazilian female artists since 2000. Born in São Paulo in 1972, she completed her doctorate in sociology on Brazilian academic artists in 2005, part of which was held at EHESS Paris. In 2013 she was a guest professor at UNAM (Mexico), in 2016 at Ecole Normale Superirèure (rue d´ulm Paris) and in 2019 at the Université de Paris 8. In 2017 she was awarded the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l´HoOmme scholarship, DEA program. Since 2005, he has been dedicated to understanding the production and consecration of modernist and contemporary artists from Brazil in a national and international circuit. She curated the exhibition "Women Artists: The Pioneers, 1880-1930" (Art Gallery of São Paulo State) in 2015. In 2020 she is conducting a new curatorship – « Overflowing: embroidery transgressions in art ».