Neyde Lantyer


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“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” _Virginia Woolf

“The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconvetionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonimity.”  _Virginia Woolf
A DARK GIRL HAS TO SMILE MORE

T-shirts / Text / Performance
Nieuwe Kerk (Sale 4 #Come Slow) Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008

 



In 2002, I got a job in a 4 star hotel serving breakfast.
 


Speaking no Dutch and having no experience serving breakfast in a hotel, I did my best to make it up. Everything was a challenge: from the awful aubergine uniform to the obligation of using make-up at 6.30h in the morning.

One day the manager, a blond, made-up, beautiful, young woman
who never really showed her appreciation for my efforts, appeared in the middle of rush hour. She came to me and said I was too serious, I should smile.


I was surprise because I did not noticed the other girls smiling while serving the tables. But it is different, she replied: “A dark girl has to smile more!”

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Interactive project developed during the exhibition Sale 4 at The Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.

The concept reflect on immigration, race, belonging and the challenges faced by non- europeans women in their work relations.
It was developed with the collaboration of several women visiting the exhibition.