Casa do Sol, 2020. 12', HDV, sound, color, 16:9. Experimental video.
Starring Júlia de Carvalho Hansen reading Hilda Hilst. Image, production and direction by Lúcia Prancha. Shot at Casa do Sol – Instituto Hilda Hilst, Campinas, Brazil, 2019.
Prancha’s installation explores the work and legacy of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst (1930-2004). Often described as the Marquis de Sade of Brazil, her astonishing work takes up mysticism, insanity, embodiment, eroticism, and female sexual liberation. Hilst is one of the most important Portuguese language authors of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, her work is virtually unknown in our community.
CASA DO SOL, translated from the Portuguese “House of the Sun” is the name of Hilst’s home. During her lifetime, her residence was an important gathering site for writers, artists and intellectuals. Today, CASA DO SOL holds her archive, and hosts an intimate residency program which allows writers and artists to breathe in the compound’s earthy magic.
Prancha’s video installation, CASA DO SOL, was shot on location at Hilst’s house and gardens during summer of 2019 and uses the text of one of Hilst’s short stories. This experimental video explores sexuality and the colonial through the political and poetic militancy of Hilst’s writing.
This show is possible with the kind support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.