Inspired by the 2017 Women’s March in Washington DC, Melanie Pereira Alves began a new body of work focusing on women’s stories. This ongoing project has branched out onto the sub series, Permanent lives in a Female body and Pillow Talk. Both of which will be on display as part of her solo show Women|Omen.
In Permanent lives in a Female body Alves interviews, photographs and engages with different women. Through these intimate documentary experiences, Alves creates deeply personal and layered portraits in various mediums. The series continues Alves’ exploration of current social and cultural issues, such as inequality, racism, xenophobia and violence.
In Pillow Talk, the artist makes a physical and spiritual connection between the audience and the women interviewed by hand-crafting quilted seats in the form of female bodies. For these “women pillows,” as Alves calls them, she first outlines the body of each woman resting in a comfortable position. These are then used to create simplified, quilted, life-size versions of the interviewed women which are exhibited as an interactive installation. Pillow Talk comes with a notebook and a pen for visitors to share their own stories (about themselves or others).
With this body of work, Melanie Alves aims to connect strangers through their stories; bonding them through shared experiences and acknowledging that every story is worth sharing.