Winner of ARBA ESA – ESPRONCEDA PRIZE 2021
Marina Amaral (Rio de Janeiro, 1993) is a Brazilian architect and urbanist based in Brussels since 2018. She graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a scholarship for academic exchange at Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome. Afterwards she also graduated from the master in urban design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels with great distinction. She’s a current resident at the Arts Territory Exchange residency program.
Her work explores the frontiers between art, architecture and urbanism. She primarily uses the concept of the dérive (the wandering walk) developed by thinkers like Francesco Careri, with whom she studied in Rome. These wandering walks help to further explore the city and landscape in subjective, experiential ways that are often not captured by traditional cartography and urbanism. She explored this idea first in Rio de Janeiro, and further developed it in Belgium where the experience of being an immigrant added another layer to her artistic practice.