Nathália Oliveira

What’s your background?

I grew up being absolutely fascinated by motion pictures. As a child, I’ve always had the company (and friendship) of films, and that’s still true today.

Coming from a humble family, I’ve never had the opportunity to travel as much as I wished, which, as I grew up, became an endless desire for me: to travel and see the world. Maybe that’s the primordial explanation for having lived in six different countries before my 30s.

What influences you artistically?

All kinds of arts made in Brazil. To sum up, in two categories: space and sound. So, Brazilian photographers, architects, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and musicians. Obviously, I connect with art from many other countries, and I learn and heal from them, but what really influences me in my practice, when I’m about to express and put a new project in the world, is the art that comes from where I am from.

How do you start a new work?

I’m not sure. Because it is difficult to measure where this uneasiness—which is always necessary for me to do anything in art—starts. I think I can say that a new work has started when I find a proper platform or language to talk about one (or more) subject that is causing me this uneasiness. That’s when I stop being annoyed about it and start being productive.

What are you working on right now?

Right now (November 2023), I'm close to finding this language I was talking about in the question before to talk about a few subjects that have been causing me this uneasiness, which is basically the different ways of being a foreigner. I’ve been filming this subject since 2017, when I was living in Spain. Since then, I’ve lived in the other five countries, always perceiving and reflecting on this experience. Let’s see what comes out of this. "Coming soon…".