I sew things. Metaphorically and materially. All the time. I put together parts to tell stories that are important to my eyes, whether through photography or through the interventions I make on it with collage, textile art, mixed media and destructive procedures. It gives me an immense freedom to invent other worlds where we could live. How to deal with memory, its inside-out and its unfolding and to investigate what we understand as identity are themes that drive me to create, and I have worked a lot with found photos, which helps me to ask about the passage of time. This kind of making with my hands puts me in connection with people I haven’t met, but are now part of my daily lives. My choices enable me to participate in the cultural revolution of slow movement, by involving my creative process in the reuse of abandoned photos and things and creating a new universe, giving them another life cycle. And so, sewing everything I find that thrills me, I seek to encourage dialogue, question entrenched values and honor the tradition of female making.
Madame Pagu (1967, São Paulo, Brazil) has lived in Italy since 2015, when she left her life as a lawyer and university professor to dedicate herself completely to art. Her images are rooted in how we deal with our memories, our identity and how we deal with the passage of time. She sews things metaphorically and materially to tell about the connection between people, creating universes–in their photographs and in found photos–to talk about the temporary relationships we build around dense themes. Her works reverberate the revolution of slow movement, the culture of creative reuse and the tradition of female making. Her work and research involve collage techniques, textile art and mixmedia. She also teaches courses and offers mentoring for artists.