muSa Michelle Mattiuzzi

Artistic Research Fellow

muSa Michelle Mattiuzzi (born in 1983 in São Paulo, Brazil) is an undisciplined artist whose work derives from performance and writing. She has used photography and film to express herself. Colonial violence is a constant theme in her work. Her works appropriate and subvert the exotic place assigned to the Black woman's body by white cis normative images and that turn her image into a kind of aberration, an entity divided between the marvelous and the abject. She is currently interested in "Black radical thinking" and the study of philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva and cultural theorist Fred Moten. She is the founder of the platform Rethinking the Aesthetics of the Colony  in partnership with the Goethe Institut São Paulo and The Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) of the University of British Columbia. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

The Artistic Research Fellowship is a collaboration between Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and Villa Romana Florence.

  • Performance art
  • Photography
  • Cognitive capitalism
  • Black radical tradition
  • Black radical thought
  • Fugitiveness 

Abolition Garden

The Abolition Garden – a project that follows the research of monuments and fictional installations. Designing a monument for the future, working with plants and land. How do plants archive stories, struggle in the political arena and often play a crucial role in re-imagining society? How to listen to the tongues within plants, what kind of stories do they tell, and to whom? The performer, writer and researcher muSa Michelle Mattiuzzi realized the installation Jardim da Abolição / Abolition Garden for the Porto Alegre Biennale, 2020, dedicated to the camellia flower vases on windows that abolitionists used to symbolize their support towards the process of abolishing slavery in Brazil. In part interviews and in part first-person narrative, Mattiuzzi’s investigative action connects the oral traditions of power herbs and flowers by Brazilian and South American healers and their land struggles to the political agency of gardens within the urban fabric. By linking the power of plants against both histories of oppression and the dangers of on-going extractivism and gentrification, the piece prepares and unsettles the soil for the installation of the Jardim da Abolition in Villa Romana in 2021. 

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