Series of long durational performances
I don't believe in monuments staying forever - with decades, they lose their initial, poignant context, and become mere architectural elements, birds' nests or a random background for a selfie.
I believe in temporary monuments - those existing within a fixed time frame, marked by intense physical labor – a structure not set in stone, yet enjoying a continuous sense of momentum.
Seven temporary monuments correspond to seven episodes of suffering of the Brazilian slaves, both those tied to the historical past and those recorded in the more recent times. Each of the episodes is an iteration of the eternal attempt to break the chains of slavery – or at least to acknowledge it out loud.
My project attempts to delineate a collective slave who continues to dwell in one’s head and in one’s body – in every one of us.