© Vinicius Branco
© Vinicius Branco
© Vinicius Branco
© Vinicius Branco
© Vinicius Branco

Ventura Profana

every house is built by someone, but life is the creator of everything

concert - performance

  • 1h - Fête de la danse
  • E Partially-sighted spectators welcome
  • B Accessible to persons with reduced mobility

Réalisation et performance: Ventura Profana. Dramaturgie et performance: Pedra Silva. Direction musicale, basse : Jordi Amorim. Percussion: Ana MaGa. Clavier: Sir Lucas. Production artistique: Eloá Souto. Direction artistique: Luccas Morais et Lucas Cordeiro.

Coproduction: Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

This performance is a bittersweet, extremely juicy fruit, an excuse to dream of centuries of health, pleasure and freedom in a matter of moments. The work of art is the building of a lascivious church, the roar of a lioness with the body and face of a congregation. We are the wind that invades and escapes through the windows, regardless of colonial control or desire, a wind whose goal is pollination, the serious dance of spreading seeds by faith in a soil that is considered poisoned, but which we feel is inexhaustibly fertile.


Daughter of the mysterious bowels of mother Bahia, Ventura Profana prophesies multiplication and abundance in black, indigenous and travesti life. Doctrinated in Baptist temples, she is a missionary pastor, singer, writer, composer and visual artist, which practice is rooted in the research of the implications and methodologies of evangelization in Brazil and beyond, through the spread of neo-pentecostal churches. Praises, like the sting of a dagger licked with wax and rust in Pharisees’ hearts.
In 2019, her show Cântico dos Cânticos received the Leda Maria Martins Award for Black Performing Arts as the Best Show of that year. In 2020, she released Traquejos Pentecostais para Matar o Senhor, her debut EP with the musical partnership of Podeserdesligado; in 2021, she was nominated for the Sim Music Award in the New Talent category; she was also one of the artists honored at the Pipa Contemporary Arts Award and received the Natural Musical award for the production of Tentaremos Não Nos Esquecer, a visual album that will be released in 2024.
She has been on the cover of photography magazines Zum and Foam and is guest editor of Argentinian magazine Balam. She was named one of the hundred most important living collagists in the world by Phaidon. She is a collaborator with the Warrior of Divine Love in the Swiss Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale and was a guest artist at the 35th São Paulo Biennale.
In recent years, she has realised actions and had works exhibited in spaces such as Serpentine Gallery (UK), Werkstatt Der Kulturen Berlin (Germany), Tenthaus (NO), Museu de Arte da Pampulha (MG), Mendes Wood Gallery (SP), Frestas Trienal de Arte (SP/BR), Pivô (SP/BR), Centro Cultural São Paulo (SP/BR), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (SWI), IMS- Instituto Moreira Salles (SP/BR), Goethe Institut (GE) and MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo (SP).