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Political Manicure, 2018, Centro Cultural Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal.

Political Manicure, 2023, Municipal Market of the City of Ponta Delgada, Archipelago of the Azores, Portugal.

POLITICAL MANICURE

The performance "Political Manicure" is an artistic expression that combines elements of theatrical installation with the practice of offering manicure services. Through this performance I create an interactive and welcoming space in galleries, museums or public spaces, inviting people to have their nails done for free. However, this action goes beyond a simple manicure service, as it is also a vehicle to discuss gender issues, gender violence, and gender performances.

By incorporating the figure of the transsexual manicurist as the protagonist of the performance, I seek to challenge traditional gender norms and generate a dialogue about transsexuality. This intentional choice highlights the importance of representation and inclusion of marginalized voices in the artistic context.

This performance is inspired by references such as the concept of gender performativity, described by Judith Butler in her book "Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity ." Butler argues that gender is a social and performative construction, unrelated to biological sex. Her theory challenges established norms, making room for a variety of gender identities and performances.

In addition, my background as an educator plays a significant role in the conception and execution of the performance. My experience as a mediator of exhibitions in art institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM) , the Paço Imperial, and the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, contributes to my understanding of the dialogue between art, public, and institutions.

As an educator, I bring a pedagogical aspect to the performance, transforming it into an opportunity for awareness and reflection. By creating a playful and inviting environment, I stimulate conversations about sensitive topics, such as gender violence, offering a safe space for the sharing of stories and experiences.

The performance "Political Manicure" is, therefore, a convergence of my theoretical references, my experience as a transgender woman, and my work as an educator. It aims to broaden the understanding of gender issues, challenge social norms, promote inclusion, and create a platform for dialogue and awareness.

Political Manicure, 2023, "Sur Le Feu" exhibition, Beaux-arts de Paris, Paris, France.

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