In this powerful, vibrant poem, photographic artist Cecilia Sordi Campos brings together words and images to create a portrait of the primal landscapes of the body; of the feral beauty that we would find in the cracks and fissures if we only dared to look.
Translation from the Portuguese by Cecilia Sordi Campos.
About Cecilia Sordi Campos
Growing up in the countryside in Brazil, Cecilia got hold of a camera for the first time at age nine, after winning a contest at primary school. She took photos of everything and everyone. Unfortunately many of the rolls of film she went through were never developed. She still thinks of those never seen photographs.
Cecilia is now a Melbourne-based photographic artist, and has been living in Australia for the past 15 years. Her artistic and photographic practice are positioned in the field of socially-engaged art and expanded photography. Her projects place value on ‘narratives of the self’ as resources for creating effective visual vocabularies to represent the complex psychoanalytical experiences of being-ness, relationship dynamics, womanhood and the female body, migration and identity. The aim of the projects is the seeking of strategies in the communication of these experiences within a publicdiscourse.
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This piece was written for our latest mini-series, Our Body’s Bodies
Everything is written on the body – but what does it mean to write about our bodies in the era of Covid-19? And is it possible to write about bodily experiences in the face of such pervasive and continued violence? Using different modes of writing and art making, Lucy Writers presents a miniseries featuring creatives whose work, ideas and personal experiences explore embodiment, bodily agency, the liberties imposed on, taken with, or found in our bodies. Beginning from a position of multiplicity and intersectionality, our contributors explore their body’s bodies and the languages – visual, linguistic, aural, performance-based and otherwise – that have enabled them to express and reclaim different forms of (dis)embodiment in the last two years. Starting with the body(s), but going outwards to connect with encounters that (dis)connect us from the bodies of others – illness, accessibility, gender, race and class, work, and political and legal precedents and movements – Our Body’s Bodies seeks to shine a light on what we corporally share, as much as what we individually hold true to.
Bringing together work by artistic duo Kathryn Cutler-MacKenzie and Ben Caro, poet Emily Swettenham, writer and poet Elodie Rose Barnes, author Ayo Deforge, writer and researcher Georgia Poplett, writer and poet Rojbîn Arjen Yigit, writer and researcher Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou and many others, as well as interviews with and reviews of work by Elinor Cleghorn, Lucia Osbourne Crowley and Alice Hattrick, Lucy Writers brings together individual stories of what our bodies have endured, carried, suffered, surpassed, craved and even enjoyed, because…these bodies are my body; we are a many bodied being. Touch this one, you move them all, our bodies’ body.
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Feature image: by Cecilia Sordi Campos.