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05 Dec 2012

Susana Mendes Silva's project at EMPTY CUBE

© Susana Mendes Silva
translation of the image: 'the dialogue of silence continues'



single, unrepeatable presentation:
December 7th 2012

Joao Silverio
00 351 919379652

Colegio das Artes da Universidade de Coimbra
Largo D. Dinis
Apart 3066 - 3001-401 Coimbra

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The project Susana Mendes Silva will bring to EMPTY CUBE on December 7th 2012 was especially conceived for this event, which consists of a single, unrepeatable presentation. This project will take place at the premises of the College of the Arts of Coimbra University, Portugal. Coimbra possesses one of the oldest universities in Europe, a place known for its academic reputation, as well as for its constant presence in the struggle for democracy throughout the 20th century, most importantly during the Estado Novo dictatorship.

Susana Mendes Silva's work incorporates elements of research and archival practice that lead to the creation of pieces whose historical and political references become visible as exhibitions, actions and performances that employ a wide variety of media. Her universe considers and reframes different social contexts without ever losing track of the individual's uniqueness. Her psychological intimacy and her voice are often the means for the diffusion and reception of poetic and political messages that call upon the viewers' memories, reactivating them.
The piece's title, '69-12', includes a sub-title: 'continua o diálogo do silêncio' [the dialogue of silence continues], which alludes to the 1969 Coimbra academic crisis (in which the students' revolt gave voice to a country oppressed by painful dictatorial restraints). At the same time, '69-12' takes us to the present year, now nearing its end, which is felt to be a time of uncertain freedom. This artist's project will use the spoken word to recover the memory of that recent past, in close connection with the confused memory of our present.