GERMANY 1810 –
Beethoven drafted the notes of his bagatelle No.12, known as “For Elise”, one of the most known pieces of the classic repertoire. Für Elise’s notes still encompass romantic scenarios 200 years later. But who was Elise? A muse? A secret love? Her identity remains a mystery.
BRAZIL 2010 –
A girl named Eliza was murdered and quartered by her “romantic” partner, a famous soccer player. Witnesses declared her body’s pieces were given to feed the dogs. Her remains were never found.
Concurrently with the coincident names, the disappearing of both, memory and body of women, simbolizes the large and common silencing and annihilation of the women’s existence along history. And although Beethoven’s Elise may be just a name, Eliza S’s destiny speaks of the general escalation of violence against women, specially that perpetrated by their ‘love” partners.
“For Eliza” is an installation with prints on textile, live flowers and the soundtrack of Beethoven’s “Für Elise”. The images representing fallen female silhouettes placed in colourful gardens make a reference to the romantic paintings of the XVIII century, a movement that emphasised intense emotion such as apprehension, horror, terror and awe, as the authentic source of the aesthetic experience.
The oneiric atmosphere surrounded with flowers and colours as seen in “For Eliza” resembles a pleasant dream where beauty is overflowing, but nevertheless it also apear to be full of contradictions. The mysterious and obscure garden where the female bodies lay uncovers eroticism, sex, violence and death, as a scary “wonderland” where Alice (Lewis Carrol) gets lost in the maze of her own unconscious.
The work is intended to confront feminicide with modern “romanticism”, addressing the failure of one of the greatest myths of patriarchal society: the romantic love.
Installation w/ prints on textile, live flowers, objects + ear phones and sound track – “Für Elise” by Ludwig von Beethoven
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