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After a four-year art studies program from 1983 to 1987 at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, Carla Guagliardi co-founded the group Grupo Visorama along with other artists such as Brígida Baltar and Analu Cunha. Over the following six years, the artist group organized seminars, workshops, and readings on contemporary art in various cultural institutions in Brazil. At the same time, from 1988 to 1991, the artist completed a postgraduate program in art and architectural history at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Her exhibition activity began as early as 1987, for example, at the XIX Salão Nacional de Belo Horizonte, Palacio Pampulha. Since 1997, Carla Guagliardi has been dividing her time between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.

Guagliardi has received several awards, including a residency at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles as a fellow in 2007. In 2017, she was a finalist for the prestigious Prêmio PIPA (Prêmio Investidor Profissional de Arte) in Brazil, which included a cash prize, catalog entry, and inclusion of her work in the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAMRio).

Her works can be found, among others, in the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand, MAM do Rio de Janeiro, MAM da Bahia in Salvador, Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos in Rio de Janeiro, or Khoj in Mysore, following her participation in the Khoj International Artists’ Association’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2002 in India.

Guagliardi creates minimalist installations and assemblages in the field of plastic object art. She uses materials such as glass balls, copper pipes, iron rods, threads, rubber bands, filled helium balloons, water, plants, plastic, or cotton. With these materials, she creates fragile sculptures like mobiles that encompass the entire space. Among her goals is to make time visible and temporarily overcome gravity.