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Livia Perez : Finding Norma

Livia Perez "Finding Norma"

Finding Norma is a video installation that depicts my work of investigation centered on the transnational and fragmentary archives of the Brazilian queer filmmaker Norma Bahia Pontes (1941-2010), from her films during the Cinema Novo in Brazil and France to lesbian feminist videotapes made in New York in the 1970s. The installation has an experimental/documentary approach, in an immersive and sensitive rhythm, non-chronological, in expanded time based on my research process full of gaps and in which the information was found truncated and the archives fragmented.

Livia Perez is a Brazilian filmmaker, producer, and media scholar. Her moving-image critical practice spans documentaries interrogating archival materials to animate stories traditionally erased, connect generations, and imagine alternative futures. Her work focuses on sexuality, gender, and feminist media history. She directed Who Killed Eloá? (2015), Lampiao da Esquina (2016). She co-produced A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here (2021, dir. Érica Sarmet) premiered at Sundance, and Carne (2019, dir. Camila Kater) premiered at Locarno Film Festival. In 2022, she was visiting intern at the Isaac Julien Studio in London. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Sao Paulo in 2022. From the 2023 DANM MFA Exhibition "Heap is Full".