Nise da Silveira - the Revolution for Affection, took place at CCBB RJ from JUL to NOV 2021.
Held in partnership with the Museu de Imagens do Inconsciente, the exhibition brought together historical, scientific and artistic aspects of Dr. Nise's research.
There were thousands of visitors and an expressive return from the media, in response to an exhibition project that encompassed 3 moments in the life and work of Nise da Silveira and the artists of Engenho de Dentro. Works by Engenho de Dentro pschiatric hospital artists Adelina Gomes, Arthur Amora, Beta d'Rocha, Fernando Diniz, Carlos Pertuis, among others, dialogue with the modernist and contemporary vanguard such as: Alice Brill, Abraham Palatnik, Lygia Clark, Rogério Reis, Leon Hirzsman, Tiago Sant'ana, Rafael Bqueer, Carlos Vergara and Zé Carlos Garcia.
Born in Maceió, in 1905, Nise da Silveira was a Brazilian psychiatrist, recognized worldwide for her contribution to psychiatry. She has revolutionized psychiatric treatment in Brazil and her methodology is recognized worldwide.
To listen, welcome, feel, perceive. To open, release, liberate, emerge, grow. To accept, embrace, know, share, act, perform, be. To understand, comprehend, include. To be listened to, welcomed, felt, perceived. To be liberated, free, big, giant, accepted, present, powerful.
These are intuitions which assert themselves as words after we meet the great Nise da Silveira. Nise, the woman, is greater than her era, greater than her gesture, greater than we can perceive, in the hedonistic, cruel, and obstinate blindness which we have come to accept as normal. NISE was an avant-garde scientist, a natural-born revolutionary, who dared speak about AFFECTION as a method—which could reverse all the colloquial apathy from the sense of empathy. NISE DA SILVEIRA — The Revolution through Affection.
It is only possible and feasible to show affection by gesture if the transforming power of the word is intoned, that is, when we are aware of the me in the other and the other in me. The myth. The rite. The collective performance. We are all actors, a continuum in which existing is greater than any castration. Traumatized for being so tiny, as grains of sand inflated with ego, we waste the giant task of existing in the other. There is something special in NISE’s actions. It seems to be the sense of being—and “being” only if together with the “other”. “To be, or not to be? That is the question”.
In the last words of her book on the images of the unconscious, Nise talks about the myth of the solar barque and the constant struggle of the star to renew itself, to keep its vitality, and escape from the darkness in order to give life. As Vera Dantas puts it, to submerge in order to emerge. All of us have been diagnosed—that is a reasonable assumption. Our healing lies in the deep dive, having the other and our own existence as life jackets—our times echo this mantra. Life cannot be stored, it flows. And each life is life. Love is madness. Love heals.