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

Silkscreen on scarves + Colour photographs
Variable dimensions



Silkscreen on textile and photography, 2021

“Anonymous was a woman” _Virginioa Woolf 

A word derived from the Greek, “Anonymity” means the condition or attribute of what is anonymous, nameless, unsigned, hidden (LEXICO, nd). A search in the dictionaries found on the internet presents us with a set of definitions for the terms, such as: not named, not highlighted or not highlighted, devoid of authorship (eg anonymous letter); who has no fame; Unknown person. These are references that, in general, converge to the idea of “non-identified”, multiplying in similar senses, such as unknown, impersonal, incognito, ignored, unknown, obscure. Further on, these meanings are revealed in a list of synonyms related to secrecy and concealment, such as covered, cryptic, disappeared, discreet, hidden, masked, hidden, secret (ORIGEM DA PALAVRA, nd). In addition, there are also meanings directly related to social exclusion, which, curiously, take on pejorative tones, such as joão-nom, zé-noguém, popular, dregs, and, finally, simply the sense of strange and other, as alien and alien (DICTIONARY OF SYNONYMS, nd).

However, when we relate the search to gender studies, the results acquire more forceful contours, leading directly to the niche of the feminist debate. No accident. The association of the oppression of women with the terms “anonymity” and “anonymity” is due to the English writer Virginia Woolf and her essay “A roof for her own” (1929), published in 1929, which resulted from two lectures given by the author to young women. women's colleges at Cambridge University's Newnham and Girton Colleges the previous year. Invited to talk about what women needed to dedicate themselves to writing, Woolf developed her reflections on the limitations historically imposed on those who one day aspired to become writers, speaking, therefore, of all women with silenced intellectual and artistic ambitions. by patriarchy.

(NEYDE LANTYER, A Montanha como metáfora 2021).

Anonymous was exhibited during the MFA public exams and thesis defense in MFA Intermedia of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Universidade do Porto, PT, 2021. The work is part of the reseach developed on the exclusion of the female migrant artist in Europe.

‘A montanha como metafora’ exhibition view at Galeria Cozinha -FBAUP, Porto, PT, 2021.