PUDOR, LUIZA PRADO, 2017

Pudor is a video-performance in which Luiza Prado, a Brazilian artist, lays naked on the floor, while people put white rosaries on her, covering her private parts. That is a symbol of how the religious community she was raised in was oppressing her sexuality, and was causing and not healing her vaginismus (a condition that is the result of an involuntary vaginal muscle spasm, which makes any kind of vaginal penetration painful or impossible).

The image and the role of women in religious communities is brought in the discussion by this piece, showing evidence of how some women have to deal with a different kind of sexual violence, a violence that this time comes from an entire community. In fact, women in this context have no specific role: they shouldn’t need to feel any pleasure during sexual intercourses, that is something belonging to men. Her emotional and physical pain was underestimated, or worse: it was considered normal.
Luiza Prado here is affirming the importance of her sexuality and her consciousness of her body in a very delicate way.

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