VITÓRIA MONTEIRO studied Theater at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and works since 2013 mainly with direction, production and digital media. In this area, she has already implemented projects in Brazil with a focus on redistribution of cultural resources and participatory practices. She has been living and working in Vienna since 2016 and studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with a focus on moving image at the Art and Digital Media Class. In Vienna Vitória is active in different artistic and political contexts. One focus here is on working in queer-feminist collectives and initiatives. Her recent projects include the short film “The History begins starting from us” in partnership with the Filmmuseum of Vienna; the opening of the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019 with the queer-feminist choir Mala Sirena; co-curation of the screening “Blicke von Frauen*” in partnership with Sixpackfilm and Metro Kinokulturhaus; the video installation “News From Home I” as part of The Wrong Biennale 2019; etc.
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JEDE FRAU HAT EINEN NAMEN
(Every woman has a name) - work in progress
This research started with help from Prof. Mag. Sabeth Buchmann, where I began investigating the exchange of letters between women during modernism with an emphasis on the Bauhäuslerinnen* and the “New Woman” movement in the Weimar Republic. The project aims to recontextualize archive material and the connection between Bauhaus and the Brazilian modernist movement. This research is being kindly supported by the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Berlin University of the Arts and the respective exchange program bureaus.
The project “Mis amigos són los pájaros ... (My friends are the birds ...)” is an experimental short film about female empowerment and friendship between generations. The short film deals with the contrast and similarity of experiences between different generations of women. The focus of the story is Ethel Indarte and her life story. My 88-year-old Uruguayan grandmother, who wrote her memoir 15 years ago, decided to read it out for the first time: “Can you believe that I did not see the behavior of men as sexism back then, but as my only option?”.
This project is being realized with financial support from MA 7 and is currently in post-production.
MIS AMIGOS SÓN LOS PÁJAROS...
(My friends are the birds) - work in progress
A HISTÓRIA COMEÇA A PARTIR DE NÓS
(The history begins starting from us) - 2020
Mixing images of trips in Europe during the 1970s, “The history begins starting from us” visually reconstructs the experience of the exiled Brazilian women during the military dictatorship. The short film attempts to retrace the steps of the Brazilian diasporic communities created in Europe and invites the spectator into the world of an anonymous “we”. This is my story, your story, their story, but above all: our history. “The history begins starting from us” is a journey through the collective experience of persecution and exile of the Brazilian women that fled the military dictatorship. Only historical reconstruction enables us to understand and compare our past, in order to conceive new realities. But what happens to narratives that disappear due to totalitarian oppression? The short film was developed in partnership with the Austrian Filmmuseum and based on the book “Memories (from the women) from exile”.
This short film was made in a partnership with the Österreichisches Filmmuseum
NEW GAZES OF DOCUMENTARY
Alternative gazing can be understood in many ways but for us it means an individual personal and daily effort to search for gazes that are not normative. The term comes from the concept first formulated by Laura Mulvey in 1974 that is known in contemporary art discourse as the “female gaze”, which transcends the binary idea of gender into the recognition of a societally imposed normative validation of the art canon. The screening „New Gazes of Documentary“ presents contemporary documentaries made by female filmmakers that experiment with the female gaze aesthetic.
The screening was organized for the event “a3queerformat cooks for ARA” by the collective a3queerformat with support from ÖH Akbild.
Paying homage to Chantal Akerman's homonym film, "News From Home" is a video installation that investigates Brazil's political situation during the first democratic election after the coup of 2016. The interactive videos invite the spectator to reflect on the impact of social media in communication, politics and information distribution.
"News From Home" is a documentary investigation using text-messaging apps to interview people from a diverse range of sexual orientation, gender, color and economic background. It is a digital portrait of the time frame we encounter ourselves, where not only Brazil but the world seems to be struggling with political extremism and how to contain it. In the age of #fakenews, a “like button” reveals itself as a political agent.
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