Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Performance reading //
Senhora is a story of awkward love, arranged marriage and advertising for a wife. Delivered as a performance reading, Natalie Dixon tells the story of the women who left Portugal in post-war Europe to seek love and a better life in “Africa.”
Dixon’s own Portuguese family photo archive is the narrative starting point. Invoking the themes of modern love and cold intimacies, Senhora explores minority women’s experiences of work and romance in South Africa in the 1950s and 60s. Senhora forms part of a series of performance-readings (Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 / Het Nieuwe Instituut 2019) that was initiated by Het Nieuwe Instituut’s on-going research program on the theme of burn-out.
Image: Natalie Dixon’s grandmother. Photo courtesy of the Serra family archive
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Natalie Dixon― Artist
Dr. Natalie Dixon explores questions of belonging, race and gender through the lens of technology. She co-directs affect lab, a creative studio and cultural insights practice, working in collaboration with an international network of artists, makers and fellow thinkers. As a former research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2018 she presented Senhora as the culmination of her fellowship, reading for audiences at the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018) and at Het Nieuwe Instituut (2019). Dixon is an alumna of the University of Amsterdam and holds a PhD in media & cultural studies from Goldsmiths College in London. affectlab.org Photo: Antal Guszlev