The decision to present Domínio Público came late, after a meeting with the artists who had created it, one morning in March in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of those conversations that bullies you into feeling the sense of what we do, that fills you with doubts, makes you uncomfortable and never stops: becoming a woodworm, an obsession. From many points of view, it was a completely unreasonable decision in terms of timing, technical problems, obstacles of various kinds…
What happens when your life and work are no longer in your hands, when they are violently manipulated by forces bigger than you and you completely lose control of them? When someone else writes your story?
In 2017, artists Elisabete Finger, Maikon K, Renata Carvalho and Wagner Schwartz were the subjects of heated debates on freedom of expression, censorship, and moral limits within art.
In his performance La Bête, Wagner offers his naked body to be manipulated by the public – responding to the proposal of Lygia Clark’s sculptural work Bichos. In his presentation at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art the performer was touched by a child accompanied by their mother. A video clip of this interaction was manipulated by conservative groups and went viral on social networks, labelling the artist as a “pedophile.”
Elisabete Finger, choreographer and mother of the child who participated in La Bête, has suffered an avalanche of accusations and threats amidst police inquiries and political interrogations questioning the role of women, mothers, audiences and artists in Brazil today.
In his performance DNA of DAN, Maikon K stands naked and motionless inside a transparent bubble. In his presentation in front of the National Museum of the Republic in Brasília, his encasing was damaged and he was detained by the military police on charges of obscenity.
Renata Carvalho, an actress, had her play – The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven – censored, and was prevented from presenting her transvestite interpretation of Jesus Christ.
In Domínio Público, the four artists reflect on the attacks they have faced. Taking an icon of art history as their departure point, they will consider how a singular work can feature in different narratives throughout the ages, inciting the most diverse reactions, and mirroring the facts and absurdities of society.
SferisterioAccessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
duration 50' + 30' talk
full price 13€ / reduced price 11€
performance in Portuguese with English and Italian subtitles
ideazione, testo e performance Elisabete Finger, Maikon K, Renata Carvalho e Wagner Schwartz
collaborazione artistica Ana Teixeira
costumi Karlla Girotto
assistente costumi Flávia Lobo
trucco Felipe Ramirez
luci e direzione tecnica Diego Gonçalves
produzione Núcleo Corpo Rastreado – Gabi Gonçalves
co-produzione Festival de Teatro de Curitiba
distribuzione e tour management Something Great
con il supporto di Casa Líquida, Egrey, Fernanda Yamamoto
ringraziamenti Alba Roque e Julia Feldens