NAMI Open-air Museum

Circuit of Murals for the End of Violence Against Women

The NAMI Living Museum is a 1km circuit of murals in the Tavares Bastos community, where the NAMI headquarters is located. This open-air museum has a decolonial approach to art, by subverting, reconstructing, and giving rise to other forms of power and knowledge – by instigating first and foremost the artistic production of groups that are marginalized in the traditional art scene, and by promoting human rights.. We offer guided tours, participatory curating processes, and co-creation in a living museum, which evolves with its audience and also maintains a collection of paintings on conventional supports.

The paintings at the Museum have been in development since 2013, when the organization set up their office in the community, and to date we have received murals from more than one hundred artists from Rio de Janeiro, other parts of Brazil, and abroad. Located in the Catete neighbourhood, the Tavares Bastos community is home to more than 8000 inhabitants, and is known for not suffering from drug trafficking or militia activity, which means it can host national and international film-, TV- and soap opera shoots, a factor that contributes to more visibility for the works produced in our Museum.

In addition to the open-air Museum, in its office space NAMI holds a collection of more than 200 artworks, mainly by female artists, black artists, LGBTQIAP+ artists, indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, or artists who support NAMI.

The Museum welcomes all artists, regardless of gender, class, and ethnicity.
However, to participate, the artist must:
  1. Not have been charged in relation to the Maria da Penha Law, or have a record of racist, misogynistic, ableist, LGBTQIAP+ phobic behaviour, or any other kind of prejudiced behaviour. o.
  2. Have an artistic research practice or identify themselves with decolonial thought.
  3. Have a good relationship with NAMI.

Interested artists can send an email to with their contact info, mini bio, link to their portfolio, and sketch of the mural to be developed.

Artists interested in donating works to our collection must:

  1. Donate an original artwork, of their own authorship, involving no costs;
  2. Ensure that the material provided is good condition;
  3. Ensure, with possible exceptions, that the donated work has a maximum size of 100 x 80 cm
  4. Send an email to with the subject “Donation of work to the NAMI Collection”, containing:

– Mini bio of the artist and links to website and social media profiles;

– Complete technical details of the work (name of the artist, title of the work, media, year, and dimensions (width and height in centimeters).

– A picture of the work one wishes to donate (in the attachment), including a frontal view, back view, and side views.

– A written paragraph on the work and the artist’s research subject.

After receiving the email, NAMI will check if it can receive the work in its collection. We stress that NAMI will not accept works which:

  1. Contain images that stimulate behaviour or discourse that is in violation of human rights;
  2. Are authored by artists or crews that have been charged in relation to the Maria da Penha Law, or that have a record of racist, misogynistic, ableist, LGBTQIAP+ phobic behaviour, or any other prejudiced behaviour;
  3. Have been authored by artists who have a direct conflict of interest with NAMI.