Collegium Helveticum

Paulo Wirz
Early-Career Fellow 2023–2024

Fine arts
Fellowship duration
September 01, 2023–June 30, 2024

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Paulo Wirz (born 1990 in Pindamonhangaba, Brazil) is an artist based in Zurich, working with large-format sculptures and site-specific installations. In his research, Paulo investigates different forms of social and anthropological conceptions of mortality and attempts at immortality. He is intrigued by the role and the relation between preservation, possession, transmission, visibility, and invisibility in our culture and society.

Paulo obtained a BA in photography from Zurich University of the Arts and an MA in fine arts from HEAD – Genève. In 2019, he received the New Heads Prize and in 2021, a Swiss Art Award. Between 2019 and 2022, he took part in various residency programs such as Fondazionne Ratti (Como, Italy), ZQM (Berlin, Germany), Cité des Arts (Paris, France), and ProHelvetia (Cairo, Egypt). In 2024, he will be enrolled at the New Europe College, Bucharest, as part of a residency grant from the Landis Gyr Foundation. His work has been exhibited in institutions such as Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland), FriArt (Switzerland), Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (Switzerland), Helmhaus (Switzerland), Archivio Conz (Germany), Wehrmühle (Germany), HausKonstruktiv (Switzerland), Fondazionne Ratti (Italy), and Cité des Arts (France).