Jonathas de Andrade

In Northern Winds



Northern Winds

Growing up, visual artist Jonathas de Andrade was fascinated by the jangadeiros (sailors) operating the traditional fishing boats in his hometown of Maceio, Brazil. In Northern Winds, we follow him as he visits this community of workers to film their craft (which now serves tourism) for a new artwork.


Intrigued by their skilful way of rolling the sailboats up and down the beach, De Andrade tries to capture their ingenious choreography. Far from romanticising their way of life, however, he creates a testament to their precarious existence in a country where unequal power structures are painfully and at times violently apparent.


Jonathas de Andrade
Maria Ramos
17 min
With a touch of magic, visual artist Jonathas de Andrade bears witness to injustices in contemporary Brazilian society.
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Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade (1982) is a visual artist from the Nordeste region of Brazil. The region’s capital Recife, where he is based, often forms the starting point for his installations, films, and photography. In his works, he regularly collaborates with fellow citizens and the marginalised communities of his home region.

What makes De Andrade’s work unique is the playful and imaginative way in which he documents and critiques injustices, such as gentrification and socioeconomic marginalisation. His art shines a light on those who are too often overlooked by society – in a style that is sharp, humorous, and enigmatic.


  • Solo exhibitions at Pinacoteca (São Paulo, 2023), Foam (Amsterdam, 2022) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2021)
  • Represented Brazil at the Venice Biennial 2022
  • Artworks in the Guggenheim and MoMA collections


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    Maria Ramos

    Maria Ramos is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her films have won awards at festivals around the world, including IDFA, Visions du Réel, DOK Leipzig, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, CPH:DOX, IndieLisboa, WATCH DOCS and Rio de Janeiro IFF. For her entire body of work, Ramos received the 2013 Marek Nowicki Prize awarded by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.