Mayra Sérgio was born in Rio de Janeiro and is currently based in Amsterdam. Previously, she studied Cinema and worked for 5 years as a Set Designer in Brazil. Through her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, she was able to combine the sense of narrative acquired on her previous practice with the Dutch approach to the creation process and material research.
Mayra Sergio about her work:
“The installation/performance of ‘Sensorial Shelter’ started as an investigation into what brings a sense of belonging to people. Being a foreigner myself, I started questioning how the spaces and objects around me interfere in that feeling.
Food carries a highly evocative power that enables one to feel ‘at home’ through the physical ritual of preparing it: the look, smell and taste. It has the power of momentarily becoming architecture, of sheltering our bodies through our senses. My personal story and fascination led me to choose coffee as my material.
During the days of the fair, I will perform making bricks out of coffee and building up this sensorial shelter. Each day the installation will gain a different shape and this fragile, powerful and impregnating shelter will grow or collapse.”