Silêncios e direitos (Silences and rights)
The installation by Ana Teixeira for the Projeto Parede at MAM São Paulo is the result of an investigation that the artist has been carrying out since 2019, based on listening to more than a hundred women. Historically, women’s speech has always been repressed. It is widely more common for women to be interrupted, whether in work meetings or even during leisure time, than men. Everything happens as if they were not able to follow through with their arguments. In addition to facing physical violence, Ana Teixeira’s work discusses verbal violence against women.
After photographing the women she interviewed, the artist drew some of them holding signs with words that reinforce the need to break with male domination so that all genders are treated in a respectful and egalitarian way. She gives cis, trans and travesti women a voice, reminding them that it is not acceptable for them to be silent. In the headset, it is possible to hear 101 phrases, collected by Ana Teixeira, in which most of them reaffirm women’s freedom, criticize patriarchy and express the wishes of the interviewees who answered the question: What do you no longer want to be silent about?
In 2021, Ana Teixeira researched the collection of the “Biblioteca Mário de Andrade” and produced the publication Cala a Boca Já Morreu!, and its pages are also on display at Projeto Parede. The books used by the artist, belonging to the “Biblioteca Mario de Andrade”, are available for consultation at the MAM library.
Ana Teixeira’s work reveals that in the shameful silencing of women there is a potency of meanings that exceed the dimension of a wall. Instead of voids or absences, silences, especially those that are being broken, are promises of a future with equal rights, including the right to speak.
Cala a Boca Já Morreu!
Exhibition period: March 2 (from 7 pm) to May 28, 2023
Location: Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo
Address: Parque Ibirapuera (Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº – Gates 1 and 3)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)
Phone: (11) 5085-1300
Admission: R$25.00 in full and R$12.00 half-price. Free on Sundays. Prior appointment required.