Neosaudade

Hotel25 artist-in-residence program, Berlin, Germany 2009

Saudade is a Portuguese word. It is one of the Portuguese untranslatable words. Is a feeling of missing, although is very specific, in this case. This word was written for the first time by D.Duarte king of Portugal. The word was born when the Portuguese ships were travelling around the world searching for new cultures. It was the feeling of the ones who stayed and the ones who left, what created the “saudade”. “Neo saudade” was the form that the artists found to translate the feeling of Saudade, in Berlin

In my performance I worked between the feeling of shipwreck inside a body and the condition of death in the portuguese expression "matar a saudade" killing saudade. In this expression death is a beautiful thing.

Photo credits: Joana Voa