TRACES OF TIME
Emerging artist: Ida Blazicko (Croatia)
Residency place: Ideias Emergentes (Guimaraes, Portugal)
Practice: Installation, sculpture
Curated by: Claudia Melo
Project carried out within the Washerwomen community and revolving around the public tanks from Trás de Gaia and São Gualter, in the city of Guimarães. This small community is formed exclusively by women whose age ranges between 50 and 65 years. About 20 women from this community were in close contact with the artists in residency.
In the case of professional washers (who wash their clothes) or in a personal capacity. They are usually of low or middle lower class.
The tank is understood by these women as an area of freedom. It is a place, where they feel secure and able to share their anguish, fears or joys, in the community.
The act of washing is also for these women an act of physical and mental liberation, away from family or worldly pressures.
The physical effort of washing and twisting clothes are compared to a performativity of elevation and spiritual liberation. The washing usually takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays, the day, when the water in the tank is changed, the rhythm that guides the daily agendas of this community.
Author of the text: Claudia Melo