About Farol

Galeria Farol Arte e Ação is a contemporary art gallery devoted to the notion of mobility (eg: urban mobility, transit between languages, art practices, fields of thought, etc.). It is a space of reception, forwarding and communication through art. The gallery project is part of Farol Arte e Ação, an artist run iniciative that highlights contemporary thinking from a local perspective. Established in the complex of Bicicletaria Cultural; an infra-structural center for cyclists and cultural events downtown the southern city of Curitiba, Brasil; and neighboring the Association of Cyclists – CicloIguaçu; Farol has undertaken a series of exhibitions and events aligned with contemporary practices specific of its dynamic urban environment.

Considering that aspects of production, reception and distribution of art are essential elements for a critical approach to the art business, Farol places itself as a research model questioning what is the role of an art galery in 2017, 2018, and so forth. The fact that Farol is periferic to the mainstreams of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is strategic once it seeks to provoke, fuel, and determine the displacement of a common sense of currencies in exchange (usually from perifery to centers) in dialogue with those social, economic and creative sceneries.

The word farol means lighthouse as well as headlight. From a cold southern brasilian city, Farol signals the pulse of a horizon within fields of experience.

In 2017 Farol introduces the notion of errant thinking, nomadic forms and site-specific practices through a programm that occurs in different spaces in Curitiba and also at Encosta Residency (Ilha do Mel, Pr) and Campo das Artes (São Luis do Purunã, Pr).


Farol was founded by Margit Leisner - artist, etc. [1]


[1] the term was coined by the brasilian artist and researcher Ricardo Basbaum, indicating when the artist questions the nature and function of her role as an artist in a way that we may imagine categories such as: artist-curator, artist-writer, artist-producer, artist-activist, artist-professor, artist-chemist, etc.