In the last change and twist of the media, Parra writes and inverts, in neon lights, phrases that announce options of how to behave regarding the pain of the others, long ago enunciated by the martinican essayist Frantz Fanon: to remain terrified or to become terrible. However, it is not for her work to induce any clear position. This is not its responsibility, and it is up to each one whether or not to be affected by this sketch of an archeology of Brazilian violence that the artist presents. That is all that Art can offer to combat what is unbearable for many people. And it is already a lot.
Moacir dos Anjos is senior researcher and curator at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco and was director of Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães (MAMAM), in Recife. He was a visiting research fellow at TrAIN research center of the University of the Arts, London (2008-2009). And curated the Brazilian Pavilion at 54th Venice Biennale (2011), the 29th Bienal de São Paulo (2010).