Mariana Souza (b. 1997) was born in São Paulo, Brazil and is now based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Photography and Media Art at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

Her work explores the human ability of adaptation and transformation, always considering anxieties and limitations of the flesh. She uses the sense of home to create narratives on navigating through different cultures, allowing herself to embrace contradictions of her own identity. Balancing the struggles to keep memories of her home country alive and molding herself to fit a new culture, the artist uses her own experiences to explore racism, rejection, decolonization, and memory. Belonging to different minorities—a female from South America—Mariana highlights feelings of inferiority and the importance of deconstruction in Western societies in order to open territories restricted to "outsiders." 

Her process includes diverse mediums, allowing the artist to explore her subjects in different perspectives and environments.



Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photography and Media Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2020



“Gaze”, Sequoya Review, 2018

“INDYKIDZ”, Dezine Magazine, 2017


Group Exhibitions

UTC Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition” Cress Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2019

“Fabric and the Human Experience” Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2018

Society for Photographic Education Student Pinup Exhibition” Gallery 229 (Louisiana State University), Baton Rouge, LA, 2018

Light Sensitive Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2018

Full Bleed” Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2018

UTC Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition” Cress Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2018

Underground Takeover” Art Trap Collective, Chattanooga, TN, 2017

In The Studio” Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2017

#EastSideInstameet” Modern East Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2016



Matt Haase Scholarship, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2018-2019

Dean’s List, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2016 - Present



Co-curator, Light Sensitive, Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga TN, 2018


Professional Service

New York State Summer School of the Arts (Counselor), Alfred, NY, 2018

Inter-State Studio (Photographer), Nashville, TN, 2016








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