JEWELRY FOR DEMOCRACY

Curator: Marta Costa Reis

1 Alexandra de Serpa Pimentel (PT)

"Celebration"

Necklace 54cm

Cotton cord and thread, fabric, wood and acrylic paint

HONORED WOMAN: Anonymous women

STATEMENT: Celebration. Celebrating the courage of all women who dared to make their dreams come true.

2 Ana Albuquerque (PT)

“Box to store Clara Menéres’ bracelet”

Bracelet box 15x45x30cm,

Aluminum, cork, linen, wool, silk and gold

WOMAN HONORED: Clara Menéres

STATEMENT: I chose to honor Clara Menéres out of admiration for her values, ethics, courage, honesty, rigor, knowledge, energy and creativity. Clara Menéres' bracelet was a gift from her mother. Since she was a child she never took it off, first by choice, but after her body grew out of impossibility. The size of the tiny hand became the perimeter of the adult wrist. A loving way to honor her is to preserve with care and status, the “slave” bracelet that always accompanied her, until at a time when the fragility of life was already growing, she needed to cut it. The gesture of adjusting the bracelet, which she held with the thumb and middle finger of the other hand, was remarkable, almost serving as a pause to think before starting to speak again.

3 Ana Calbucci (BR)

"Repetition"

Brooch 22x8x5cm

Flexible, clear and dyed TPU filament, freshwater pearl and silver

WOMAN HONORED: Marielle Franco

STATEMENT: History repeats...history. In a continuous way, repeating violence in an endless virulence, for more than a century and a half like children of barbarity, with just a layer of civilizational veneer - “…is history mute or are we deaf?” Marielle Franco could be the daughter of the women who fought against the military dictatorship, but our society has not changed because of that. Even so, his life was not saved. Haven't we learned anything? Summary execution, militia, impunity, crime bureau are the underground forces that rule sovereigns. Woman, black, from the favela, street vendor, educator, sociologist, councilor-Marielle gave voice to many others with her work and activism, with her existence. As everything that stands out attracts attention, what stands out in the crowd is mowed down - her life was stolen. When she was killed it was said that other Marielles would emerge, which is an impossible movement to contain. That from the multitude of invisible women, a great body would take shape, like the birth of new pearls in this immense turbid ocean. It will be?

4 Ana Campos (PT)

"Amen"

Hand object 8x8x2 cm

Silver and wood

WOMAN HONORED: Madalena Cabral

STATEMENT: Madalena Cabral became an example for me in the field of art, culture and Portuguese and international democracy. She was also a family person, so from childhood she became an example to follow. Together with Harry Holtzman, I dedicated my doctoral thesis in philosophy, on contemporary jewelry, to him. In this piece I try to revitalize Madalena's memories. The original, a Finnish wooden shell, was given to me by her when I was a child.

5 Ana Cardim (PT)

“HAPPY CHRISTMAS - That's When A WOMAN Wants It!”

Necklace - Blowing Device 34x1.4x0.5cm

Silver, natural latex, silk ribbon, baton box

WOMAN HONORED: Zita Seabra

STATEMENT: Pioneering activist responsible for presenting and defending in the Assembly the extreme need for parliamentary legislation regarding the issues of women's freedom of choice regarding motherhood and the inhumane reality that involved clandestine abortion at that time. This work focuses on Zita Seabra's speeches during the parliamentary debates that took place on February 6, 1982 and January 25, 1984.

6 Ana Margarida Carvalho (PT)

“By Land and Sea”

Candlesticks: Object 1, 11x11x6cm / Object 2, 8.5x8.7x5.8cm

Copper, enamel and candles

WOMAN HONORED: Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

STATEMENT: Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen has always been part of my imagination, whether through the stories she wrote for children, through other texts of hers that crossed my life, but also through her interventions in civil society. When trying to learn more about his life and work, I discovered a person aware of the world in which he lived. Truth and justice were his fundamental values, he helped build a better country, but above all he was a light that guided generations. A bright spark, in vigil, that still illuminates today.

7 Ana Pina (PT)

“fight fight”

Necklace 75x15x1cm (variable width)

PLA filament

WOMAN HONORED: Ana Hatherly

STATEMENT: THE BLACK PEACOCK

I

The black peacock of the writing opens a range of options, displays luxury
of your prison suit

silent Babel
in the emptiness of the page holds the turmoil of the voice fixes the assault of the hand

Last rebel instance is a fight game mourning silent scream

Ana Hatherly, “O Pavão Negro”, Assírio & Alvim, p.19.

“O Pavão Negro”, a poem written for an exhibition by writer/painter Ana Hatherly, presented in Porto in 1999, serves as the motto for “struggle mourning”, a “see-read” piece that plays with words and their meanings, in an allusion to the “silent scream” that found a voice in the early hours of April 25, 1974. 50 years. 50 times we write, read, repeat “struggle mourning”, until the words are freed from their weight, “now dissolved in the seduction of the aesthetic object”. Word, stain, “suspended waterfall”, in which the black ink that writes gains the three-dimensionality and movement that the drawing only alluded to. Built like a necklace, we look here at a conceptual object, due to its size and fragility - although its strength also lies in impermanence. For the choker, PLA filament is simply used before being placed in the 3D printing pen, due to the ergonomic shape and the desire to simplify the choice of techniques and materials - as if the piece were a drawing made with a continuous line, ready coming to life. Placed on the body as on a sheet of paper: “Only then does it unfold / the radiant charm / of its fragile mystery”. (The quotations throughout the text are from Ana Hatherly, taken from the preface and poem in three parts “O Pavão Negro”, included in the book with the same name.)

8 Anton Kuzmin (RUS)

“Conscience choker”

Necklace 13.4x21.9cm

925 silver and enamel

WOMAN HONORED: Yelena Osipova

STATEMENT: The piece “Сonscience choker" was created from an anti-war poster by Russian artist and activist from Saint Petersburg Elena Osipova. I met her once when I lived in Saint Petersburg. People called her "The Conscience of Saint Petersburg ". On March 2, 2022, Osipova was among the women detained for protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Images of her arrest were widely shared on social media. At 78 years of age, she continues to actively express her position, has been designing posters and participating in individual actions for more than 20 years. But the conscience of many in Russia today is "choked" by new laws; choker represents the fact that if you "wear it" and express your opinion to the public, it will be very "uncomfortable".

9 António do Rosário (PT)

“Titina Silá”

Pendant 8.5x6.5x4 cm

Silver, Steel and acrylic glass

WOMAN HONORED: Ernestina Silá (Titina Silá)

STATEMENT: The expression “the 25th of April was born in Africa” is increasingly mentioned and it would be pertinent to add that the birth was also carried out by women. This medal aims to honor Titina Silá who, in addition to commanding her comrades in the armed struggle, was also a mother, never failing to give affection to her children. The jewel is made up of a metallic steel body, which refers to the various “prisons” in life, it symbolizes a stone from the Farim/Cacheu river where Titina Silá and nine more of her comrades lost their lives after being surprised by the Portuguese navy, when were heading to the funeral of Amílcar Cabral in Guinea Conakry. The reproduced image demonstrates her maternal side, with a child on her lap whose clothing is her camouflage.

10 Áurea Prague (PT)

“The eyes that see things are”

Necklace 20x76x2cm

Pages from the book “Abortion, The Crime is in the Law”, silver, polyester thread

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Antónia Fiadeiro

STATEMENT: The written word has always been Maria Antónia Fiadeiro’s main form of expression. When the reality of Portuguese women was lived in silence, journalist, writer, feminist Fiadeiro uses her voice with bravery and frankness. Her book "Abortion, The Crime is in the Law" reports the circumstances of clandestine abortions, clandestine traumas and the hidden normality of the next day. I also hide the words of this book, revealing them in another way and through another means of expression. In my piece, each of the paper elements containing Fiadeiro's printed speech represents a death, a place of mourning. The totality of elements that make up the piece corresponds to the daily average of clandestine abortions carried out in Portugal in the 70s.

11 Barbara Macedo (PT)

“Freedom Always?”

Necklace 20x4x1cm

Petals of two red carnations, resin, brass and cotton thread

WOMAN HONORED: Adelaide Cardoso and Lurdes Corgas (grandmothers of the artist)

STATEMENT: The greatest inheritance I received from my grandmothers was freedom and I am very grateful for their struggle, so that today, like them, I can be a free woman. That's why I wanted to pay homage to them, representing them through two broken carnations, placing each petal hanging individually on a cotton thread, so that over time the petals end up falling, making the necklace smaller and smaller, in order to remember them. us that freedom is a fragile asset and that we should not take it for granted, always continuing to fight for it.

12 Camillla Prey (IT)

“Sophie”

Installation 150x104cm

Paper

WOMAN HONORED: Sophie Scholl

STATEMENT: The work is based on the story of resistance fighter Sophie Scholl. Together with her brother Hans Scholl and her friend Alexander Schmorell, she formed the nucleus of the resistance group "Weiße Rose". Her actions in favor of freedom and resistance against the Nazi regime consisted of writing texts with anti-Nazi content and distributing them in the form of pamphlets at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. In 1943, the members of the "White Rose" were denounced and arrested. Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were sentenced to death and beheaded by guillotine on the same day. The installation contains the symbol of a pamphlet and, at the same time, the brothers' death sentence. The lightness of the falling pamphlets and, at the same time, the weight of these actions are at the center of the work of art. This fact is highlighted by the possibility of trying the piece on your neck.

13 Carla Castiajo (PT)

"Human nature. Life around a center”

Body piece 19x19x2cm

Hair/fur, fabric, net, leather, silk thread

WOMAN HONORED: Lourdes Castro

STATEMENT: Before the 25th of April, many artistic activities had to be carried out in secret, in hiding (in the dark, in silence, in the shadows…). Lourdes Castro carried out constant research around the shadow. The shadow would become central in practically all of her production, as is visible, for example, in the work she created: “Shadows around a center”. Furthermore, it is worth highlighting the artist's relationship with Nature, with the plants, with the flowers, (blooming and withering), with what surrounds her – the domestic, the private, the intimate, the common, the mundane, the moments of everyday life... In fact, at work by Lourdes Castro, life and work are intertwined. There is a relationship between Art and Life, between your life and your daily life, from waking up to going to bed, from sowing to harvesting. Gestures like combing your hair, visible. in Catarina Mourão's film "Lourdes Castro - Pelas Sombras". And hair is present in many everyday habits, such as washing it, cleaning it, combing it, cutting it... Like a vital force, the entire life. Human nature is recorded daily, repeatedly, and every expressed human experience can have political meanings.

14 Carlos Silva (PT)

"Freedom"

Necklace 34x24x7cm

painted copper

WOMAN HONORED: Celeste Caeiro

STATEMENT: From an accidental meeting between Celeste Caeiro and a soldier, the visual icon of this revolution emerges, when she offers a red carnation that the soldier places in the barrel of his gun. Soon many followed her example. In my piece I compose fragments of petals around a continuous rim, as a tribute to this woman who started the union of so many with a symbol as simple and happy as a red carnation.

15 Catarina Silva (PT)

"Aurora"

Hand piece 52x52x1cm

glass beads

WOMAN HONORED: Aurora Rodrigues

STATEMENT: Aurora Rodrigues was a member of the MRPP as a young law student and was a political prisoner several times, having been subjected to a brutal torture regime like few women have been subjected to. An example of strength and dedication in the fight for the democratic values ​​that govern the country today.

16 Claudia Schlabitz (PT/BR)

“Elis /. .-.. .. ... /“

Necklace/adornment 280x6x1cm

18K gold, 925 silver, beads, nylon thread

WOMAN HONORED: Elis Regina

STATEMENT: I'm from the same city and grew up in the same neighborhood that Elis Regina lived in when she was a child. Even as a child, when I imagined a future scenario, I felt capable of reaching the world simply by recognizing myself at the same starting point. I felt her strength and finitude, I experienced the conflicts of adolescence and her songs were my anthems of freedom. Elis Regina, performer of the song that would become Anthem of Amnesty, represented in the piece in Morse code, references censorship during the dictatorship. “Pimentinha”, as she was affectionately called, due to her irreverent spirit and sharp tongue, entered Brazilian homes with her “Equilibrist Hope”, at a time when the country mourned its sons and daughters, lost, forgotten and silenced by the military regime. . Her voice was presence, soul and heart, a bigger star, a shine that remains in the hearts of all who believe that the “show of all artists must go on”.

17 Cristina R Nuño (ES/PT)

“Aroma of April”

Brooch 23x7x5cm

925 silver, black bamboo, recycled PET plastic, clove essence

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Antónia Palla

STATEMENT: On the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, I wanted to honor the date by sprouting a Carnation from a rifle, both flexible and resistant: a bamboo rifle. Carnation, inseparable from the image of renewal and spring, refers to today as it is made from recycled plastic and the aroma of Carnation added to the piece reinforces the presence of the flower. The message I hope to convey is that the fight continues and it is imperative to carry it out with flexibility and adaptation.

18 Diana Silva (PT)

“Heart of Catherine”

Necklace 48×18x12cm

Chestnut wood, 22k gold leaf, rabbit glue, silk thread, iron thread

WOMAN HONORED: Catarina Eufémia

STATEMENT: I found the heart made of chestnut wood in the forest, its disproportionate proportion, it can be compared to Catarina's heart, for her greatness of spirit towards her companions. The fact that she "covered it in gold" is yet another testimony to the greatness of Catarina's act in fighting for her rights and the rights of all Portuguese women, at work, despite the fact that even today there are many injustices and a lack of fair rights towards women in Portugal. This heart represents the moment when Catarina was shot by a bullet. The heart has a hole that metaphorically represents the bullets that killed her. The fact that there are drops of blood all over the heart symbolizes the pain of all of us women, of all the injustices that we still suffer today.

19 Dulce Ferraz (PT)

"Untitled"

Object 8x28.5x25cm

Platanus hispanica plane tree MILL, linden tree Tilia Cordata MILL, brass, MDF and mirror

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Barroso

STATEMENT: This piece in homage to Maria Barroso appears as part of a series of works that I have been developing with the creation of small constructions of scenic spaces, on an intimate scale.

20 Elena Larrén García (ES)

“Inhabiting Identities”

Variable format. Textile piece: 26.5x36.5cm. Construction of necklaces and/or bracelets

Textile, silver, cyanotype and photography

WOMAN HONORED: Helena Almeida

STATEMENT: This work reclaims and conceptually reworks the work of Portuguese artist Helena Almeida. The work is conceived as a versatile and ephemeral piece that transgresses disciplines, from jewelry and photography to sewing and embroidery. It reflects on how and where female identity was constructed, in addition to incorporating experiences from my own family memory, with the purpose of creating an aesthetic, gestural and critical experience. It addresses the concept of transforming, raising awareness, to build a more egalitarian society. A performative act in play with the body to dismantle the traditional roles and labels historically attributed to needlework practices as "secondary" or "non-artistic”. The confrontation between the masculine and the feminine appears frequently in Helena Almeida's work. This opposition is symbolized with the contrast between the man's shirt cuffs and several images appropriated from the artist's work. Furthermore, the photographic technique of cyanotype allows the image to disappear symbolically and literally. degrading the image, and if the piece is in a place "visible" to everyone, it can generate social awareness. Therefore, the disappearance of the image will constitute a materialization of time, a symbol of social transformation, a symbol of social transformation. progress towards a world in which the fight for gender equality is no longer necessary, leaving only the embroidery mark as a reminder of the stories that brought women together.

21 Eugénia Quartin (PT)

"Fourty years"

Necklace set 20x20 cm, brooch 8x8cm, earrings 3x4cm

Silver, freshwater pearls and cotton

WOMAN HONORED: Manuela Eanes

STATEMENT: Necklaces, earrings and pins were always part of Manuela Eanes' daily life, with the pearl necklace and earrings being the jewels she wore most often and that I remember best. In honor of the important social work that Manuela Eanes developed, I chose an articulated necklace made up of 40 silver pieces that serve as a support for 40 pearls and that represent the 40 years that the Child Support Institute, her most important work, recently celebrated . A pair of earrings and a pin complete the set of three pieces that made up the image with which she almost always presented herself and which she always took personal care of.

22 Francesca Santa Subito (IT)

"Out of the blue"

Crown 25x25x15cm

Oil, fruits, acorns, stones, horse hair, hedgehog spines, wasp nest, fossilized shell

WOMAN HONORED: Women of the Italian Resistancea

STATEMENT: I purposely chose to dedicate the piece to all the women of the Italian Resistance, the name is not important here, nor the specific biography of any of them. They were our grandmothers, our aunts, they were mothers, sisters, friends, each other's neighbors, some wielded weapons, others were spies, some fed, others cared, some died, some didn't even know they were from the Resistance, some were illiterate and yet they acted, not because of great ideals that they were never taught about, but out of care for their community. Resistance is all these little acts of care woven together. I consider this an ephemeral work. The objective is to allow it to dissolve after the end of the exhibition, in a special location in Lisbon, so that it returns to nothingness.

23 Inês Almeida (PT)

"resistance"

11 pendants 2x2cm per pendant

Brass and cotton thread

WOMAN HONORED: Working women

STATEMENT: The female worker resistance sparked a greater interest in me because of their anonymity, the sense of unity and mutual help, the role they played in the fight for equality and freedom, and taking me part of the life path of some family members. One of these people was my maternal grandmother, Arlinda (1928-2015). In the early 50s she worked at the "German factory", near Barreiro, choosing cork stoppers. At that time, fear did not allow her to resist, fight or join political parties. One of the symbols of mutual help between the workers were the signs to control attendance and tardiness. The punctuality control system in the factories was carried out using small yellow metal sheets, and was often bypassed with the solidarity of the workers who collected theirs and the sheet of their colleague who was late. It was a bold move as the consequences could be serious. After factory work, she continued without being a politicized woman, it was her sense of justice that, closer to 1974, moved her (along with my grandfather) to help hide friends and family who had fled the PIDE. In this work, in which I represent the plates that were part of the workers' daily lives, the word "resistance" is written in their handwriting. For me, she was always resistant.

 "resistance" is for all working women, for those who actively resisted and for whom fear was their way of resisting and surviving times that we never want to return. 

24 Inês Nunes (PT)

"Unity"

Installation - Democratic piece / Construction of a collar - of variable type and dimensions

50 foam and magnet microphone protectors

WOMAN HONORED: Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

STATEMENT: A reflection of everything that was said - The silence of the sounds manifested by the firm voices that seek to be heard. The purpose is for visitors to interact with the object during the exhibition with a view to democratizing the piece.

25 Iris Hummer (AT)

“Pearls of Balance”

Otolith chain 20×20×1cm

Otolith, 585 gold, fishing net

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Aranha

STATEMENT: Maria Aranha is an everyday woman, a fisherman from Cascais, who through her work represents all the women who have always been and still are in professions dominated by men as a matter of course. They represent equality in the microcosm of society. They show that, when necessary, women can very well find their place in traditional occupations such as fishing. What is not evident is their visibility and the appreciation of their work. These are the themes of my discussion and I would like to honor these women's freedom towards democracy in my artistic work.

26 Iris Hummer (AT)

“Johanna Dohnal”

Signet ring for Johanna Dohnal consisting of a ring 3.5×3.5x4cm and a pin 4x4×1.4cm

Bronze ring, seal and brass pin

WOMAN HONORED: Johanna Dohnal

STATEMENT: It is important to honor Johanna Dohnal with a "jewel of democracy" to remember a committed, strong and unique politician and show young women their self-determination. She was bothersome and persistent and therefore often managed to successfully enforce her demands. Her ideal of freedom was very strong. She has repeatedly exposed structures of inequality and worked against them. What is particularly impressive is that she was undeterred by setbacks and rejection. Even in 2023, her demands are still relevant. It is important to raise women's awareness and set an example of freedom. A quote from Johanna Dohnal in this context was: "Feminism's vision is not a female future. It is a human future."

27 Isa Duarte Ribeiro (PT)

“Immolatio”

Object 14.5x14.5x14.5 cm

Acrylic cube, burnt books and gold leaf

WOMAN HONORED: Judith Teixeira (Lena de Valois)

STATEMENT: For having been a victim of the dictatorship and for having the courage to admit his sexual orientation and, consequently, having his literary work seized and burned.

28 Isa Duarte Ribeiro (PT)

“yet another. one more. other. one"

Necklace wire, about 7.3m long

Brass, silver and gold plating

HONORED WOMAN: Maria Manuel Viana

STATEMENT: For the constant struggle to defend and report the situations of women and children who are victims of domestic violence. She always posted a phrase on social media with or without images: “one more. one more. other. one. “In 2022, the last year of her life, she posted this phrase 28 times (24 women and 4 children).

29 Joana Santos / Rossana Mendes Fonseca (PT)

“Coconut”

Necklace 50x10x3 cm

Resin, mirror/glass, PVC

WOMAN HONORED: Helena Almeida

STATEMENT: In Cocoon, the body, and more specifically the female body, is the sensitive matter of plastic unfolding. The color, geometry and organicity of matter are explored. From an eccentric center that mirrors and reflects the surrounding environment and that concentrates the color, multiple branches develop, forming the structural network of the cocoon.

30 Joana Albuquerque (PT)

“Water carrying bags”

Object - 85x60x35cm(min.)/105cm(max.)

Water, paper and wax

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Lamas

STATEMENT: Maria Lamas was an anti-fascist, feminist, fighter for human and civic rights during the Estado Novo. She photographed and wrote about the women of the Portuguese people, denouncing the image of women solely as “housewives” promoted by the fascist regime, giving visibility and attention to working women and their daily lives. “Paper Bags”, has as its reference photographs from Maria Lamas’ book, “As Mulheres do meu País”, which depict women carrying on their heads, sitting on a wheel, baskets, bundles or bags, to carry meal, coal, fish or vegetables. The act of carrying is intrinsic to the human being. It is interesting to observe how what you carry and the way you carry it reflects the times in which you live. Today we also move around the city carrying things in backpacks, suitcases and paper bags. According to anthropologist Elizabeth Fischer, in “The Carrier Bag Theory”, instead of sharp objects made of chipped stone, contrary to what is generally reported, the first cultural device of humans was probably a container, such as a bag, net or bag of transport, which allowed them to transport the vegetables they harvested. The first human tools would therefore probably be more associated with the acts of harvesting, carrying, caring and preserving, than with violence.

31 Kaia Ansip (EST/PT)

"Wings to fly"

Two Brooches 10x5cm

Silver, stainless steel

WOMAN HONORED: Snu Abecassis

STATEMENT: Wings for flying appear in the form of books and wings. Snu Abecassis, as editor, gave ideas wings to fly, because books are not carriers of new thoughts. She was in heaven when she died. This idea seems both frightening and beautiful to me. With this work, I would like to go back in time and make that plane fly and land at its destination, in Porto. Snu was still so young. What could she have done in Portugal's young democracy?

32 Kika Rufino (BR)

“Taken by assault”

11x6x7cm

Quartz native to Brazil

WOMAN HONORED: Anna Bella Geiger

STATEMENT: “there you don’t learn the stone: there the stone, a birthstone, entrails the soul”

João Cabral de Melo Neto

During this creation, I was struck by the collection of "Gold and stones from Brazil" present in the Museum that hosts this exhibition, as well as by what is hidden in the text that presents it. Taken by storm, in Portuguese, means “to be surprised”. Sense that we can experience in front of the work. In it, a ring appears contained in native and raw quartz from Brazil. He, however, is constituted by his emptiness. A sudden arrival of perception on our retina that immediately contradicts itself. Inviting us to change positions. Would he be real? The ring, they tell me, marvels and disconcerts. It calls for seeing with the whole body and checking from other perspectives. After all, we certainly could not take it or wear it in our hands. Experience gives us input to examine once again the environment that we thought was already known. Inviting us to think about what was created, found, removed, displaced, repositioned and how this set is (re)revealed to us. Thus, I pay homage to Geiger who, in the midst of the dictatorship, taught us an art that causes erosion of certainties, producing works that focus on what results from unlikely encounters between things and bodies. For I also suspect that without this critical perspective, our democracies will remain founded on alienating prejudices.

33 Lázaro Bonixe (PT)

"The appointment"

Brooch 20x20cm

Brass, copper, pearls

WOMAN HONORED: Manuela Eanes

STATEMENT: The preacher “O Compromiso” is an ode to the courage and dedication of Maria Manuela Eanes in the fight for democracy in Portugal. This piece symbolizes the resilience, purity and brilliance of the democratic movement, honoring Eanes' inspiring legacy as a visionary leader.

34 Leticia Costa (BR)

"MEMOIRS"

Object/Necklace 50x30cm

Craft paper printed with newspaper images (1964-1985), resin, red thread, patinated brass

WOMAN HONORED: Lucia Murat de Vasconcelos

STATEMENT: “MEMORIES” - A piece I created, inspired by a sad moment in our history: the military dictatorship; Photographic memories of violence and disrespect. In this piece I pay tribute to Lucia Murat, a young woman who at the time fought against this oppression, was imprisoned and tortured, and became an award-winning filmmaker. In this work, I used photographs as references that refer to that memory, red threads of violence, and blue flowers, which symbolize Lucia Murat's eyes and hope.

35 Lia Morais (PT)

“Women in Jump”

Object to be used by two people 100x50 cm

Oxidized silver; greased linen thread; bread; linen cloth; glass containers.

Narrative record | 2'07'', MP4 Digital File

HONORED WOMAN: Women in Jump

STATEMENT: … when we were almost reaching the border, my mother hid me under the seat of the truck and said to me:

- Stay here still and quiet and when we get to France I will give you a bicycle.

This event, told in the first person by Carmo, was recorded in my memory… I was moved by the delivery of the daughter and the courage of the mother. A testimony of unconditional love. Love that surpassed closed borders, explored uncertain paths, traveled rough terrain, overcame prejudices, overcoming the clouded mentalities of that time. Love that for two years, challenged by uncertainty and anguish, fought against oblivion. Maria de Fátima, unable to be with her daughter, decides alone and clandestinely to return to Portugal to take little Maria do Carmo home with her. Brave woman! Brave women! In this secret story, so often repeated, two women - two generations - took the leap in search of a better life. The work presented is composed of a piece of jewelry - an object for two bodies - and a digital narrative record - a means of reuniting/revisiting the past. The jewel-object interconnects and surrounds two female bodies (Carmo and her Mother). It consists of a wire topped, at its two ends, by two hoops that fit respectively each of the fingers of the two bodies. In the middle of the thread and pierced through it there is a loaf of bread cherished by the two hands that are thus joined. On the linen tablecloth: a line unites two rings, two bodies, two departures, two destinations. In the center, the Bread that feeds the House is consecrated, the headquarters that maintains the connection and protects the love between mothers and children.

36 Lúcia Abdenur (BR)

“Angelic Gaze - talisman” and “Veil - Symbolic Act”

Pendant 10x11cm, cotton thread of varying sizes, 45x40cm, “Angelic Look - talisman”

Brass, gold leaf, silver, acrylic tube, photography, cotton thread, PVOH (polyvinyl alcohol film).  

“Veil - Symbolic act” - PVOH (polyvinyl alcohol film), ballpoint ink, cotton thread

WOMAN HONORED: Zuzu Angel

STATEMENT: My work consists of two moments: the talisman - Angelic Gaze and the symbolic act - Veil. With “Olhar Angelico” I pay tribute to Zuzu Angel and to all women who fight for their dreams and ideals. To always remember the inner strength that each of us carries and the importance of fighting for what we believe in. The talisman inspired by the Angel, the logo of Zuzu's studio, has at its center an acrylic tube with a subtle photo of Zuzu's gaze in tireless search for her son.

In the symbolic act - Veil, in PVOH (polyvinyl alcohol film) I wrote “Dictatorship never +” and embroidered random paths with red thread. After embroidering these paths, the piece was dipped in water, as if it had been washed, leaving only the red thread. This symbolic act represents an attempt to purify the memories and scars left by the dictatorship, a way of getting rid of the “sad things” that marked this dark period in our history. But washing away the memories of the dictatorship does not mean erasing the past, quite the opposite. It is necessary to maintain the memory of those who suffered and fought against the authoritarian regime, so that new generations can learn from the mistakes of the past and strengthen democratic values.

37 Luís Torres (PT)

"Medal"

Necklace 14.5x59x2.8cm

Synthetic hair, aluminum, silver and polyester 

WOMAN HONORED: Cesina Bermudes

STATEMENT: Cesina was a huge but extremely unpretentious woman who helped a lot of women during the dictatorship, throughout her practice as an obstetrician, most of the time on a pro bono basis; That's why I chose not to use noble materials except for the braid's hook and chose white ribbon, alluding to medicine. The braid, which is the focal point of the piece, as she was known for her “famous braid” (artificial), is the great tribute - but hair in historical terms has a much greater weight and burden, especially female hair. . As she is a feminist, this braid affirms female emancipation, an emancipation to which she contributed greatly by wanting to go to study in Paris and introduce the painless birth technique to Portugal. The necklace, strategically, is placed with the pendant in the belly area, to symbolize all the human beings she gave birth to. But the pendant on this necklace is, above all, a medal, which, in addition to showing and “rewarding” all the work she has done, is also meant to reveal her more personal side – as Cesina was a fervent competitor in swimming and running races. bicycle and automobile at a time when women did not practice these types of activities. Cesina was a woman with a big “M”, a woman with literal power in her hands and who changed the way women experience one of the most beautiful moments of their lives – demystifying the ideology that birth was before this technique was used!

38 Luísa Quartin (PT)

"Aura"

Necklace/ Crown 35cmx28cm

Brass and glass crystals

WOMAN HONORED: Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

STATEMENT: Stories make us dream and when dreaming, age doesn’t matter. A choice based on my childhood, influenced by the stories of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. Although it is an individual choice, Sophia de Mello Breyner's stories, poems and stories are part of a collective memory. We took it with a sea of ​​lessons and many drops of imagination. Drops that continue to water the artistic roots of each of us to this day. Sophia's works are greatly influenced by the place where she grew up and her childhood. With a warm, golden soul, she was able to illuminate reality and express her longing for freedom. She was a person with a great imagination and the stories she invented were her great companion. Today, they are ours.

39 Manuela Sousa (PT)

"Net"

Pendant 12x8 cm (in 29,5x18,5,3 cm box)

Slate and lacquered brass

HONORED WOMAN: All women

STATEMENT: The achievement and exercise of democracy only became possible with the participation of all women, not only those who, due to their social and cultural condition, became reference figures in the democratic process, but also all those who anonymously in the family, in the workplace and in the community actively participate in the maintenance and permanent defense of their rights.

40 Maria Benedita (PT)

“Snu”

Necklace 18cmx30cm

Bleached silver, pearls and a book

WOMAN HONORED: Snu Abecassis

STATEMENT: I chose Snu, because within the range of admirable women who contributed to the freedom of our country, Snu touched on several important points. She founded the Dom Quixote publications (showing the role of women as businesswomen) and, in addition to bringing us culture through books, published works with ideas contrary to the dictatorship of the Estado Novo. She got divorced, which was unusual at the time. And she had a romance. In honor of Snu Abecassis, this piece is made up of a choker hidden inside a book from Editora D. Quixote's “notebooks” collection. “War or Peace?*” was the book chosen because it is, unfortunately, very current, and full of symbolism. As for the necklace, the words democracy, culture and freedom on the three central medals symbolize some of the doors that Snu helped to open, in a country that lived under dictatorship and closed to the world. Some letters are mirrored to represent something we have in common: dyslexia. The bear symbolizes the children's personal object “Teddy”, given by Snu's parents and which was kept by Snu since childhood as a symbol of a belief that she had grown up with, that she could improve the world. The bouquet of flowers represents the flowers that Snu took to the publisher every day. The pearls and bleaching refer to snow and symbolize its Nordic origins.

41 Maria José Oliveira (PT)

"Brain"

Object, 55x78x5,5 cm

Raw cotton canvas, lime, silica sand, oxide, graphite, coffee, tissue paper

WOMAN HONORED: mother

STATEMENT: Drawing to study forms before the formation of knowledge according to Jung

42 Marília Maria Mira (PT)

“Matraca”

Necklace - 22x63x1.5cm

Steel, silver, sponge and skin

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Lamas

STATEMENT: “Matraca” - Harvest, Harvest (verb, agricultural instrument) Cut close. Give love to the earth. Cultivate, treat. Set in order. Prepare for a specific purpose. Tidy, arrange, clean. Improve appearance. Arrange, compose. Get something. Achieve, win. Adapt. Get straightened out, get out of trouble.

“For every story about how much a woman works, there is a story about how much she doesn’t; for every story of everything she lived, everything she didn't live. …

To say woman before any other qualifier is to continue to say – as in the past – that the body takes precedence over everything else.” (in Black scarves, straw hats and gold earrings, pages 48, 49, SUSANA MOREIRA MARQUES, 2023, Penguim Random House Group)

Dedicated to the people, to the women of yesterday, today, tomorrow and to the Revolution always.

43 Miriam Mirna Korolkovas (BR)

“Trees, Our Air”

Two necklaces 18x23cm and 12x22cm

Acrylic, wood, plastic and silver

WOMAN HONORED: Marina Silva

STATEMENT: The wooden branches were collected from dead trees and the red and black plastic present indicates the suffering of the bleeding trees, burned by the devastating fire. The theme of the works deals with how human beings deal with their neighbors and the environment on which they depend for their survival. All creation is connected for the good of everything and everyone that makes up planet Earth. In this case, I selected the vegetation, the trees. We live in a period of constant exploitation of forests and its consequences. We depend on green! We depend on love between ourselves and the environment to survive in peace in an expanded democracy.

44 Miriam Andraus Pappalardo (BR)

“LINA”

Necklace 27x72x13cm

Aquamarine, iron, aluminum, silver, fabric and sewing thread

WOMAN HONORED: Lina Bo Bardi

STATEMENT: Although Lina Bo Bardi was born in Italy, she chose Brazil as her homeland. Among so many qualities, as a woman architect, her work stands out as one of the main exponents of Brazilian architecture. Lina was revolutionary in both her thoughts and her actions. As brutalist as it is delicate, she proposes a libertarian and humanist approach to the use of space and design issues, always researching, valuing and creating links with popular cultures, their traditions and wisdom.
I thought of a piece that could be an offering for Lina, that spoke about the truth of materials, the diversity of traditional techniques and practices from which Lina both learned and praised, her interest in a multiple and profound Brazil, the mandacaru flower, the your graphic aquamarine necklace. The “unfinished” as the limit of what is necessary, and how this can have its own aesthetic meaning, accepting imperfections as a grace of the event. A lamp cartridge case, montages of memories about Lina in me.

45 Nicole Uurbanus (NL/BR)

“Pearl Necklace – Elza Soares”

Necklace 55x20x1.5 cm

Copper, silicone, thread

WOMAN HONORED: Elza Soares

STATEMENT: A woman, A singer, A mother, A warrior, A lady, A voice. Elza Soares, struggling, powerful, admired ("I won't succumb"). With his unique voice, he knew how to show Brazil exactly as he lived it and as it is ("I use my voice to say what is silent") - a country at once charming and cruel, beautiful and unequal, the past eternally present (" Black meat is the cheapest"). In the choices she made, Elza presented us with pearls ("I leave my pain in a shower of confetti"), in the lines she found to express herself ("Imagine the internal marks") and in the place she needed to fill ("Mouth a lethal weapon" ) in this Brazil that needs people like her so much ("Born with a hungry face"). Pearls: eternal reproduction and repetition, removed from the weapon. Weapon: resistance. Thread: trajectory.

46 Paula Castro (PT)

“The unspeakable”

Pin 14x 5.9x2.5cm

Silver, eucalyptus bark

WOMAN HONORED: Lourdes Castro

STATEMENT: The delicacy of the fragile plants and their shadows, like the breath of freedom of expression. Transform the weight of life into something beautiful and light, with almost nothing. Just the will (or the need) to create the sayable and the unspeakable in indelible traces. The symbol, the strength, the fluidity, the freedom.

47 Pilar Andaluz (PT)

"The way"

Necklace 15x5cm, Brooch 13x5cm, Stand 39x14cm

Painted copper, silver, enamel, synthetic cord (necklace); painted copper, silver and enamel (brooch); painted copper and iron (support)

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

STATEMENT: Tribute to Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. We celebrate the feminine in this work commemorating half a century of the Portuguese revolution. Our thoughts follow the lives of so many women, anonymous, faceless, who, although invisible, have access to the plane of the unlikely, parallel dream, and whose experience feeds and inspires, thus revolutions are born, the greatest work, the greatest change. We worked from the painting “self-portrait”, 1932. It is the beginning, the great choice, the path that will shape his life. As if his journey were contained within this framework. The girl with the red dress is the metaphor of life, on an undulating rope ladder, surrounded by abysses, and moves forward determinedly by the time machine.

48 Renata Meirelles (BR)

“Memória Verdade Justiça – A tribute to Clarice Herzog”

Necklace 64x40cm

Cotton yarn, rice straw yarn, polyamide and copper

WOMAN HONORED: Clarice Herzog

STATEMENT: Anyone who didn't live through the leaden years cannot imagine what actually happened. Preserving the memory of what happened in Brazil between 1964 and 1985 is an instrument to overcome what we inherited from the dictatorship. Clarice was a victim of this dictatorship's violence and fought inside and outside Brazil in the name of Justice, Truth and Memory, forming the three pillars of the Herzog Institute, created by her as a tribute to her husband Vladimir as an act of love and resistance. We need to continue telling future generations what happened. As a way of preserving this memory, I pay tribute to Clarice Herzog. We need many Clarices in this world. People who do not give up fighting for justice, who work for freedom of expression and the right to information. A tribute that I want to extend to the people who were affected by repression, and who, even though it was difficult to relive moments of pain, chose not to remain silent. The links that make up the piece represent all the people who suffer or have suffered from violence and injustice, becoming symbols of resistance and unity. The link of democracy between all those who fight for freedom, preventing impunity, human rights violations, and violent and repressive practices from persisting in the present. Never again dictatorship. We cannot let the memory fade. “When we lose the ability to be outraged by atrocities committed against others, we also lose the right to consider ourselves civilized human beings” - Vladimir Herzog

49 Renata Porto (BR)

"Silence"

Handpiece, 23x10x4cm

Wood, fabric, copper, silver and gold

HONORED WOMAN: Maria da Conceição Coelho da Paz

STATEMENT: Because she was who she was and for giving a voice to so many other women and mothers who were fighting against the dictatorship established in the country. Maria was always with her son, one of the men most wanted by the army during the Brazilian dictatorship and little is known about her. Silence, like a tomb, secrets and pain that are taken with you on your deathbed. When removing the heavy cover, a book reveals some testimonies about what happened, about this woman who never had recognition of her strength and struggle. After encountering strong revelations, you finally find her voice, which can be heard even by those who don't want to hear it. A handpiece, a marked finger, tortured and dignified, a gold ring that ties and fits, making the gesture of someone who screams in Silence.

50 Sandra Manin Frias (BR)

“Amazon”

Pendants 5x8x0.5cm

Silver refers to universal greed, reused Brazilwood wood - refers to regional greed in Brazil

WOMAN HONORED: Bertha Luz

STATEMENT: The environmental issue has a symbiotic relationship with the social issue. The Amazon, the destruction of the environment, in force for years, acts as a tool for perpetuating inequalities. Therefore, we believe that the preservation of the Amazon carries a more complex value than the act of conservation alone. The current challenge is to promote preservation beyond the environmental scope, thinking of conservation as an instrument of economic and social development.

51 Sónia Brum (PT)

"Untitled"

3 Pendants 13x15x0.10cm / 9x10x0.10cm / 12x10x0.10cm

Glass beads and cotton thread

WOMAN HONORED: 3 Marias – Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa

STATEMENT: Three pendants that, based on the drawing, refer to the condition of women. That which is consented or denied. The violence. Injustice and various inequalities, in images difficult to recognize, hidden in the deformation of the material.

52 Sunhi Jaeger (DE)

“Poetry is on the street”

70cm necklace with pendant - 12x12x0.4cm

Carnation petals, handmade paper, cotton

WOMAN HONORED: Margarida Gil

STATEMENT: In an interview with TSF radio, on March 23, 2022, Margarida Gil talks about the achievements of the democratic movement. The movement has registered positive developments, particularly with regard to equal opportunities between women and men. “We are no longer the only woman, we are less and less the only woman”, says Margarida Gil, looking back at the time when she was a rarity as a filmmaker. The freedom to be free, in the words of philosopher Hannah Arendt, is a fragile asset that can be lost without constant commitment and attention. The process is supported by all those who give voice to the desire to be free. My work is dedicated to Margarida Gil, who is a pioneer in this process and gives a voice to freedom.

53 Susana Gorjão (PT)

“Door to freedom”

Pendant 5x9cm

Silver and brass

WOMAN HONORED: Odete Santos

STATEMENT: “The longing for the future arises from the need to transform the world and, in anticipation of this future world based on the realities we know, the utopias that will be the realities of tomorrow”. This work represents the constitutional recognition of the existence of women in society with equal rights to men. This constituted a very important contribution to changing the status of women in Portugal. A door to Freedom.

54 Telma Aguiar (BR)

"Freedom and peace"

Necklace 22.5x19.5 cm

Wood, FSC seal for forestry products, red sustainable cotton string dyed with Brazilwood tree pigment, jarina seeds

WOMAN HONORED: Minister Marina Silva

STATEMENT: For having stood out in politics, despite being illiterate until the age of 16, having contracted several serious illnesses and managed to overcome all of this, and for working tirelessly in the defense of the Amazon, winning several awards.

55 Teresa Dantas (PT)

“Latíbulo do Viril”

Sculpture/secret keeper 29x18.5x20cm

Resin, cast bronze, copper, wood, pigments, leather thread, iron

WOMAN HONORED: Paula Rego

STATEMENT: Paula Rego, born in Portugal in 1935, was a contemporary Portuguese painter whose work is distinguished by its powerful approach to representing intricate female narratives. In the painting titled “Get out of here, you and your dirt”, the force of the woman's scream leaves a deep impression. Teresa Dantas, born in Mozambique in 1965, interprets this work through a metallic sculpture crafted in bronze, copper and resin. In her interpretation, the scream, the secret and the harmonization of feminine and masculine elements take center stage. The strength and intensity portrayed in the painting are eloquently translated into a piece of contemporary sculpture.

56 Teresa Milheiro (PT)

“Hunting instrument”

Blowgun 40x5cm. Total piece - blowgun, eye stand necklace and tripod 88x64x44cm

Ebony, bamboo, glass, painted brass, lacquered brass, acrylic paint

WOMAN HONORED: Natália Correia

STATEMENT: When I think of Natália Correia, it is inevitable to associate her with her mouthpiece. This object became his trademark, which gave him a character of security, independence, attitude, firmness, courage, freedom, eroticism, controversy, challenge, controversy, poetic, romantic and “bon vivant”. I found myself thinking about transmuting this object into a blowgun. As if Natália was an Amazon, imposing, with her hunting instrument, her sharp intelligence, with sharp answers always on the tip of her tongue, blowing darts, eyes watching and controlling the PIDE, which searched her life, without that they managed to arrest her, as well as, in relation to society, customs and prejudices of the time.

57 Tereza Seabra (PT)

“Her name was Catarina”

Necklace 17x1cm

Wheat flour pearls, silver, gold, Marcasites and zircon

WOMAN HONORED: Catarina Eufémia

STATEMENT: In the 40s and 50s, the classic pearl necklace was the iconic jewel of the bourgeois elite. The unusual combination between the 2 materials: - manually molded wheat flour pearls symbolize work and bread. The clasp crafted in classic bourgeois taste in noble materials - silver, gold, Marcasites and zircon (40/50) symbolizes the dominant landowning class of Alentejo. The contrast ironically evokes the socio-economic differences in Alentejo at the time of Catarina's death. The result of this work is a harmonious pastiche necklace, a metaphor for what Catarina aspired to for her Alentejo - the balance between bosses and workers.

58 Typhaine Le Monnier (FR/PT)

“Signs of Grace”

9 pendants 5x3x2cm

Marble, golden steel, nylon thread

WOMAN HONORED: Graça Costa Cabral

STATEMENT: Studies on marble monoliths, new “portraits” looking upwards. Inspired by the sculptural works of Graça Costa Cabral, entitled “Signs and Similarities”.

59 Valentim Quaresma (PT)

"Untitled"

Brooch 15x15 cm

Miscellaneous materials

HONORED WOMAN: MDM-Women's Democratic Movement

STATEMENT: I decided to pay homage to MDM because of the countless memories I have of going to meetings with my mother when I was a kid, right after the 25th of April. It was inspiring to see how my mother, and so many other women, were actively motivated to build a more just and egalitarian society.

60 Viktoria Austmeyer (DE)

“For Mary”

Brooch 13.5x11.5x4.5cm

Wax, 935 silver and steel

WOMAN HONORED: Maria Teresa Horta

STATEMENT:

“VEREINT“

dein körper

an mein

we two

und das dazwischen

zusammen vereint

das, was ich

verspür

this is so viel mehr

als wir ones

berührn

Portuguese Translation:

"TOGETHER"

your body

on my

both of us

and what's in between

together combined

or that

I realize

and much more

than just

or touch

This touch, a symbol of brotherhood, is reflected in my work. The tender touch of two women in an embrace, represented by the space between them. This space between them as a symbol of support, cohesion, strength, overcoming boundaries and celebrating femininity - a space full of infinite possibilities.

Maria Teresa Horta, writer, poet, journalist and feminist activist. In 1972, together with Maria Velho de Costa and Maria Isabel Barreno, he published the work "Novas Cartas Portuguesas", with which they gave a clear signal against patriarchal oppression, social violence, injustice and discrimination, as well as against fascist regime of the Estado Novo. Shortly afterwards, this literary work was banned by the censorship because it was considered "pornographic and contrary to public morals". The three authors were arrested and imprisoned, which sparked a wave of worldwide outrage and unexpected international support.

61 Vivianne Kiritani (BR)

“by Grace”

Wax necklace 29.7x42cm. Clay necklace 25x25cm. Porcelain bracelet 15x15cm

Wax necklace, clay necklace, porcelain bracelet

WOMAN HONORED: Graça Costa Cabral

STATEMENT: I gently place my hands on the small piece of porcelain to listen to the soul of the one who sculpted it. An attempt to capture the essence of your existence and understand what it would be like to be in that skin. With a volcanic nature like that of his place of origin, São Miguel, in the blue immensity and exuberant strength, believed in the freedom of experimentation to the point of founding a free school of arts. I meet Graça Costa Cabral in the freedom of creation, jewelry and sculpture in an open field, without belonging to any of these territories, and from this principle the object speaks about the body. I incorporate its forms and surrender, I print the rough layers of time of the world with the folds of my being, of this same substance from which we are made, I give my skin to Grace.

62 Zélia Nobre Carré (PT)

"Untitled"

Necklace 35x22x1.5 cm

925 silver, coral, photographic enamel

WOMAN HONORED: Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

STATEMENT: Intelligent, brilliant, sensitive, Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo was undoubtedly one of the most striking personalities in our social, political and cultural life in the second half of the 20th century.