My body is an island. Like suspended islands, we are bodies adrift between the laws of humans and the designs of nature.
Simone de Beauvoir said that ‘to be free is also to want others’.
The pot is a symbol of the world. By carrying the pot on my head, I recreate mythologies. I take the place of Atlas, proposing a woman as the pillar that supports the world and nourishes it. Woman axis mundi.
I walk between the ground and the sky, between one and the other, I build bridges and transit between worlds. Do you see me, do I catch your eye, does anyone join the walk? How do you feel in your island body?
We are the future and the south is our north.
— Jacira da Conceição

Jacira da Conceição is a ceramicist, sculptor and visual artist with roots in Cape Verde. By insisting on processes of valorisation, collective labour agreements, equity and the many doubts about meritocracy, she thinks about the importance of utopia and of being a woman as drivers of social and cultural revolutions.
In a partnership between BoCA and Futurama, Jacira presents the performance “Insularity” in Lisbon’s public space, tracing an itinerary that encourages the deterritorialisation-reterritorialisation of the invisible based on the pot as a symbolic object and the journey through the city as an exploration of the subjectivity of the walker. Between the (dis)balance between the invisible present and the unpredictable future, the artist paves the way for the possibility of the new, of reimagining and redefining other routes, without centres and without points of departure or arrival.

Next Performances

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  • The Talking Car

    16 June 2024 — 18 June 2024
    Wiener festwochen

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures. 

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  • TERRA COBRE

    18 July 2024 — 19 July 2024
    Festival dos Canais

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    06 September 2024 — 07 September 2024
    Nowy Teatr

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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  • The Talking Car

    09 October 2024 — 10 October 2024
    HAU Berlin

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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