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Public Domain (2017)

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In 2017, artists Elisabete Finger, Maikon K, Renata Carvalho and Wagner Schwartz were the subject of heated debates around freedom of expression, censorship and limits in art. Wagner, in his performance La Bête, offers his naked body to be folded and unfolded by the public - revisiting the proposal of Lygia Clark's Bichos sculptures. In his presentation at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo, the performer was touched by a child, accompanied by his mother. A video clip of this moment was manipulated by conservative groups and viralized on social networks, attributing to the artist the title of "pedophile". 


Elisabete, choreographer and mother of the child who participated in La Bête, suffered an avalanche of accusations and threats amid police inquiries and political interrogations, which called into question the role of the woman, the mother, the audience, and the artist in Brazil today.


Maikon, in his performance DNA of DAN, stands naked and motionless inside a transparent bubble. In the presentation in front of the National Museum of the Republic, in Brasilia, his stage was damaged and he was detained by the military police under the charge of obscene acts.


Renata, an actress, had her play The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven censored and was prevented from performing because she is a transvestite and plays Jesus Christ in the theater. 

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