Elle de Bernardini is a transsexual woman, artist and dancer, whose works are largely permeated by her biography. Using several languages, such as performance, video, photography, painting, object and installation, her works address issues of gender, sexuality, identity, biopolitics, power relations and control of the body by the system. Her interdisciplinary practice emerges from the recreational movements of construction and destruction of her androgynous image, a driving force of the artist's interest in investigating and questioning the binary limits imposed socially on what is instituted as male and female, madness and sanity, pornography and art. In the series countersexual forms (2019), the artist uses Paul Preciado and his work Countersexual Manifest, in which the Spanish philosopher proposes a non-binary social model in which individuals would be understood as “talking” bodies or subjects imbued with power. Preciado also presents contrasexual inversion practices such as dildotectonics and dildotopia, technologies that, radically influencing interpersonal and sexual relationships, would allow the rupture of a system that imprisons bodies and forms of pleasure. Armed with these concepts, Elle de Bernardini creates objects that allude to body parts, especially erogenous zones, recombined in unusual ways. Through a synthetic representation of these limbs, such as breasts, vaginas, anus, etc., Bernardini develops a kind of formal lexicon of his own, in which supposedly dildo-legs or dildo- arms, clitoral implants and hole openings would be possible in various parts of the body, deconstructing the conjectures of a presumed unique bodily materiality.

Beatriz Lemos, 2019 - MASP catalog. "Female Stories, Women Artists after 2000". Curator: Isabella Rjeille

Untitled (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Acrylic, gold, felt and nail on canvas - 66x50

Marcos Amaro Foundation Collection, Itu / Sao Paulo

Untitled (2019) -  Series: Countersexual Forms - Acrylic, Gold, Rubber and Nail on Canvas - 50x40

Xhe (2019) -  Series: Countersexual Forms -  Acrylic, gold, felt and nail on canvas - Diptych - 2 canvas 50x40

Untitled (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Acrylic, Gold, Felt, Rubber and Nail on Canvas - 210x50

Expanded body (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Acrylic, neopreme, silicone, vinyl, suede and nail on canvas

- 180x80

Untitled (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Acrylic, suede, synthetic leather and nail on canvas - 70cm diameter

Untitled (2019) -  Series: Countersexuals Forms - Acrylic, silicone and nail on canvas - 80cm diameter

Juggling (2020) - Series: Countersexual Forms- Acrylic, gold leaves and felt on diptych canvas - Diptych - 30x40

The eye (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Acrylic, gold leaf, felt and nail on canvas - 32x30

DNA I (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Gold and acrylic on canvas - Polyptych - 100x20

Rio Art Museum Collection, Rio de Janeiro

Matter of Time #1 (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Gold, suede, synthetic leather, silicone and nail on canvas

- 65x30

Matter of Time #1 (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Gold, suede, synthetic leather, silicone and nail on canvas

- 65x30

Pending II (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Recycled blanket, felt, rubber and nail on canvas - 50x30

Pending I (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Recycled blanket, felt, rubber and nail on canvas - 45x30

Pending II (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Recycled blanket, felt, rubber and nail on canvas - 36x20

Hieroglyph (2021) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Leather and acrylic on canvas - 63x40

Landscape VII (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Felt on canvas - 20x20

Landscape VIII (2020) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Felt on canvas - 20x30

Landscape V (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Felt on canvas - 30x20

Landscape VI (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms - Felt on canvas - 20x20

Landscape II (2019) - Series: Countersexual Forms  - Felt on canvas - 20x20

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