beauty is convulsive  (2017)

(São Paulo, June 1, 2016)

video, 3'38,  bp, without sound

A Beleza é Convulsiva has as its primary source four images that recorded a woman being assaulted by police officers during a protest against the Temer Government, in the city of São Paulo, in 2016. Probably captured by a mobile device and reproduced by the online press and social networks, these images show the woman lying on the street, immobilized by the agents, at the exact moment when she received a "naked choke". The video, however, veils the original scene of violence by gaining a surreal atmosphere. The title of the work brings to the present the tense of the sentence that closes the book Nadja by the surrealist André Bréton: “Beauty will be convulsive, or it won't be”.

 

beauty is convulsive   (2017)

(São Paulo, June 1, 2016)

video, 3'38,  bp, silence

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Beauty is Convulsive has as its primary source four images that recorded a woman being attacked by police during a protest against the Fear Government in the city of São Paulo in 2016. Captured probably by some mobile device and reproduced by the online press and social networks, these images show the woman lying in the street, immobilized by the agents, at the moment when she received a naked choke. To produce the video, the records were filmed in a dark environment exploring different focus and frames. The images gained a surreal atmosphere. The original scene of violence was veiled, leaving the woman's facial expressions and gestures "exalted" as if she were in a seizure. The title of the work brings to the present the verbal tense of the phrase that ends the book Nadja, by the surrealist André Bréton: "Beauty will be convulsive, or it will not be."