This photoshoot by photographer and videomaker Rafi Sousa is the result of a photo-performance staged for the show OURO De TOLO (FOOL’s GOLD), which was born from the encounter between me and Leandro Soares and our shared will to express our views on the contemporary world through performative acting, dance and music. The provocations in this text are part of the act’s dramaturgy. In the show, which had its first showing at the XVII Satyrianas festival in 2016, the spectator is led to experience the times of post-truth and self-inflicted slavery, when words no longer have any value and the human being, isolated in community, adhered and satisfied, can only produce garbage and shed blood.
Unrestrained greed is corrupting our dream, shattering the globe and unleashing a catastrophe — Gillian Tett in “Fool’s Gold”
The world in which we exist today was founded upon violence and the destruction of bodies. To this day, racial, social, ethnical, sexual minorities are the ones who have the least everything and those who die the most, of disease, famine and gunshot. It is significant that the priority of the national states is to protect things, not bodies.
Why, more and more, do we seem to mourn more the destruction of things than of bodies?
We are thus born to a new kind of passivity, full of yelling, certainties and exclamation marks. Spasms have become the routine, and when living on spasms, a spasm nullifies the other spasm that nullifies the other spasm. When everything is cry, there is no more crying out. When everything is urgency, nothing is urgent. The spasms exhaust, deplete, consume. But they don’t push. They appease, but they do not move us forward.
There are so many avenues of communication available to our immediate reach that, in a paradox, we may be dumbing down.
“From lack of rest, our civilization is ending in a new barbarism.” — Nietzsche
What matters today is to make as much noise as possible, because noise covers the void of ideas. Language, in the public sphere, has been reduced to the distribution of lies or of violence. We live in an empire of scoundrels, where stupidity, both cognitive and moral, has won. It has become the whole of Power. If the other is always a wrong address, a house already uninhabited, there are no ears, there is no answer. In a world where words fail to speak, blood remains. The genocide goes on, to the indifference, when not the applause, of what is called the globalized society.
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PS: If you haven’t seen them yet, you can find the previous 21 NUDE Shoots available publicly here.