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"In this androcentric Brazil of mine, women give birth, they're mothers or objects of desire. They learn how to conceal their holes". A dancer with the Companhia de Danças de Lia Rodrigues in Rio, Marcela Levi also runs her own projects. Following the painter Marcel Duchamp - "it is the people who look who produce paintings" -, she is developing a solo piece with photographer Claudia Garcia on the distance that exists between her, being watched, and the spectator observing her. Using gestures and actions, she directs the audience's eyes which have become the photographic lens, centring, concealing, cutting out and magnifying the moving reliefs of her naked body: an epidermal iris.

Concept/Conception/Concept : Marcela Levi & Claudia Garcia

Creatie & interpretatie/Création & interprétation/Creation and interpretation : Marcela Levi

Fotografie/Photographie/Photographs : Claudia Garcia

Muziek/Musique/Music : Brother's gonna work it out - The Chemical Brothers.

Lichtontwerp/Conception lumières/Lighting designer : José Geraldo Furtado

Grafisch ontwerper/Graphisme/Graphic designer: Paula Delecave

Presentatie/Présentation/Presentation : Maison du spectacle - La Bellone, KunstenFESTIVALdesArts

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Rio de Janeiro, December 2003

A performance and a photographic study use to take place at different times and in different spaces. A displacement is necessary between the performance and the photographs.

Art is not what you see, but the gap.

(Marcel Duchamp)

Figures come undone, others show themselves slightly; genders and identities get muddled, others outlined – and the view’s relief changes.

What do I see?

What I see is not being seen by who sees me.

When I lay down, I feel my back, I see the ceiling and part of my body. I feel my knots. We’re many. Fuzz, skin, navel and sex, section, cut, split, empty space, interval.

New contours entangled in my memories.

Silence! I’m embroidering.

On collaboration

I live in a cultural and social context and I exist entangled in it. My choices bear the multiplicity and fragmentation of the (divided) individual who lives with someone, who shares, who splits (himself), who collaborates, who addresses others.

When I invited Claudia Garcia to collaborate, I was searching for the gap that exists in the communication between two or more people. We decided that during the whole process of investigation we would be two ways of looking.

I am seen by one who doesn’t see himself.

Eyes with a frame, with a cut, eyes that see, eyes ‘dressed’ with a photographic camera.

To see with other eyes.

Other selves.

How do I position myself in relation to the Brazilian artistic landscape?

A woman, a reader.

I like remembering that I work with art in Rio de Janeiro and that I am a woman, among so many other women.

Strange position, a displaced one, being a woman, the other sex, the difference, the feminine: this terrible place for both men and women, where the emptiness is, the silence sounds and the hole has a contour.

As artists or spectators, our position, as women, is not the same as men’s, one respecting the “other”, once men and the masculine are what anchor the reference.

In Brazil (an androcentric way of thinking), a woman gives birth, is mother, is an object of desire, learns how to conceal her holes. Everything is pretty much objective. Ouch! This really pisses me off. It hurts! I need to remember time touching my back. The spaces, the holes, the memories. Time for reflection, I need to do, something that falls upon me, which takes me, which drives me. Situation of invention, site of action.

To think / create a different world, to think it and live it in a different way.

Marcela Levi

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