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She gave it to me I got it from her | Clara Amaral

She gave it to me I got it from her

a poem that choreographs her hands and voice her voice that reads out loud

the book
becoming script becoming performance becoming archive

the permanence of her voice in the book in the book
the presence and absence of their names

She gave it to me I got it from her

It’s a book and a choreography, read out loud and handled by a performer, for a group of people.

About Clara Amaral

Clara Amaral is an artist working with text and performance. Her artistic practice is situated in an interdisciplinary perspective, questioning what it means to be a reader, to be a writer, aiming to expand existing modes of reading and writing. Central to her practice is the investigation of innovative publishing modalities and the performative aspect of writing and language through an intersectional feminist approach. More:

Tour dates

Huis De Pinto (postponed due to COVID-19)
Huis De Pinto (postponed due to COVID-19)
Huis De Pinto (postponed due to COVID-19)

In my work, I pay special attention to the various ways in which we interact with the book as a cultural artefact. Digital technology may seem to render the book a redundant object.However, the book continues to be overly present and central in our lives. I believe that this continued presence of the book has to do with a poetic and imaginative aspect that exists within these objects. A book requires to be held in a certain way, to turn their pages and put them down in another way, and so on. These requests condition us, the readers, to a specific physical interaction with the book as an object, as well as to access their contents in a unique and particular imaginative realm.”


Written and choreographed by
Clara Amaral
Graphic Design
Ronja Andersen and Karoline Swiezynski
Copy editor
Isabelle Sully
Conceptualization and fabrication of objects
Olga Micińska in dialogue with Clara Amaral
Kunstverein Publishing
The Book Photographer
Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam), Kunstverein (Amsterdam), Alkantara (Lisbon), Teatro do Bairro Alto (Lisbon)
Supported by
Mondriaan Fonds (Amsterdam), Members of Kunstverein (Amsterdam), Circular, Vila do Conde, Workspacebrussels

Clara Amaral is supported by the stipend Kunstenaar Start from Mondriaan Fonds (2021 – 2022).


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