Mariana Gil (b.1986) is a Brazilian visual artist and photographer based in Aarhus. She studied art at the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo (2007-2012) and has a master’s degree in Cognitive Semiotics (Aarhus University, 2016) with a thesis about categorical priming in visual perception. She works often in the intersection between digital and analog techniques exploring both still and moving images. Alongside with experimental filmmaker Kasper Lauritzen and under the name of VHS-Fabrikken, Mariana has been working in a video art collective that specializes in obsolete video technologies. Using analog video equipment, they have collaborated with musicians to produce music videos and live visuals at concerts (Radar, FEUM Techno, Off-site Festival, Vekselstrøm Festival, Sydhavnen) in close creative dialogue with the performers as they expand the sonic universe with optical depth and textures. Their work also includes installations at festivals (MADE, Music for the Meltdowns, Wall of Sound), open workshop (End of the Line, A:M:O:K, Æstetik og Kultur – Aarhus University), video art (Artspace, Ovartaci Fields, culture works) and video-graphics.


For some, taking pictures may be a lonely deal. For me, in Aarhus, it has facilitated my interactions with many groups and with the city itself, its streets and nature


I see my work as the reverse of a travel journal. It is a trip inside my space, a manner to be present, to explore the path; it is a trajectory rather than a destination

© all photos by Mariana Gil