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o grito/the shout, 2019

 

Video installation with sound, TRT: 11:30 minutes

Participants: Soraia Alves, Nilza anjos, Camila Q. de Castro, Maria Clara Cintra, Omara s. da Conceição, Tereza Coelho, Luciana S. de Jesus, Rosemeire de Jesus, Valdiria Lopes, Carmen L. Rebelo, Cristiana M. Reis, Gleicy Santos do Sacramento, Lavínia de S.F. Santos, Robertina M. dos Santos, Ana Claudia S. Souza

Music: Luiz Gayotto and Rovilson Pascoal

Voice-over: Mafalda Pequenino

Text: Lynne Thompson

Post-production: Takashi Takeoka and Alison Fisher

This collaborative video project is inspired by Maria Felipa de Oliveira, a pioneer black women who fought against the Portuguese colonizers for Brazil’s independence in Itaparica Island, Bahia in 1823. Still unknown to most of Brazilians, after two centuries her name was finally inscribed in the national book of heroes. Through multiple perspectives and points of view, this site specific video shows a group of women performing at the Convento Beach where Maria Felipa lived and fought. These resilient women reside in Itaparica Island and Salvador, and belong to non-profit organizations that actively work to preserve her memory. Edited in a non-linear ways, the sequences interweave staged and improvised corporeal  movements, with selected sites and natural elements used by Maria Felipa and other women to fight against the Portuguese invaders, including fire, wind, coconut fibers and native plants. In this collective performance the women play real and fictional roles, paying homage to a black heroine who was at the forefront of the feminist and #BlackLivesMatter movements in Brazil.