“photographs objectify: they turn an event or a person into something that can be possessed.”
susan sontag in regarding the pain of others
according to UN, 13 women are killed in brazil everyday. the text presented during FLIP 2017, within the series “fruto estranho/strange fruit” is the result of an iconographic research on famous femicides and executions of brazilian female activists, whose corpses’ photos are to be found in google images. it is worth mentioning that other famous femicides (like the “serrambi case” or the “new year massacre”, in campinas) did not enter the text because there were no images available on google (thank god).
when it comes to exposure of women’s bodies, including exposure of their dead bodies, patriarchal society can go extremely far on its perversity. as i collected these images, i could not stop thinking of susan sontag’s “regarding the pain of others”, in which she talks about our perverse relationship with war imagery, using her experience in sarajevo war as basis. considering that brazil is the fifth country in number of femicides in the world, the parallel is unfortunately quite suitable.
to download the full text (portuguese version only): mimimi
. Susan Sontag, “Diante da dor dos outros”, tradução de Rubens Figueiredo (São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2003)