13 is the number of women killed daily in Brazil according to the 2019 Atlas of Violence.
Like Albert Camus went through rough days of war and pandemics and found himself not able to go back to normality, I use the time I had to understand how I could move forward with the topic of Femicide. The extended stay in Rio deepened in me the feeling of solidarity towards the oppressed so, however controversial, this worldwide gap in the time allowed me to reflect upon how I could use photography as a weapon against social-gender issues.
Manuela D’Ávila, who is a Brazilian journalist and politician, in her book Why do we fight? wrote that ‘if we don’t change the minds of anyone else the world will continue as it is today. And I want to live in a world that doesn’t kill women simply because they’re women’.
The series’ title was chosen to honor the victims of Femicide in Brazil. The objects (which are not necessarily the originals) are transformed into fiction-objects that opens a door to questioning in which situations everyday objects can be inserted. Unsettling and disturbing images photographed in the rawest possible form in order to express the reality of the oppressed.
On the other hand, the texts provide details of each Feminicide case. The text layout resembles the newspaper’s lead paragraph transporting us back to the journalistic universe that was the starting point of the project. I chose to reveal the minimum amount of information that could refer to social segregation.
In a country where 88.8% of the 1206 registered cases of Femicide were committed by a partner or ex-partner, where men are killed on the street while women are killed at home, where men are killed with weapons while women with knives and hands, how we establish social actions through art that make society rethink a new path. I hope to accomplish this with my work by bringing this theme to the discussion.