We still fight in the dark

In collaboration with a group of 12 resilient Brazilian women, MinA has embarked on a powerful journey, drawing upon academic evidence to address the alarming levels of gendered violence experienced by Brazilian women in London.

Our creative exploration draws from the research “We Can’t Fight in the Dark,” a groundbreaking initiative led by Professor Cathy McIlwaine in partnership with the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) between 2016-2018 and funded by the ESRC. Over eight sessions, Brazilian women engaged in theatre, creative writing, music, and video creation, using their collective experiences to craft a response that transcends academic research and enters the realm of emotional expression and resilience.
The culmination of our collaborative efforts materialized into “We Still Fight in the Dark” – an immersive audiovisual performance/installation. This project toured around the UK and Brazil, in arts festivals, community spaces and academic conferences.

Furthermore, a report was developed in collaboration with academics from Kings College University presenting the outcomes of a pioneering co-produced creative arts-based research initiative.

We still fight in the dark is a form of advocacy through art, amplifying the voices of Brazilian women, fostering understanding, and inspiring collective action against gender-based violence.

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“I had never done theatre before, I was a bit shy but every meeting was different: we danced, sang, wrote poems and were able to express our emotions. It helped me a lot and the other women too. I felt special.”

A participant

“To see myself on the screen was very empowering, it made me proud of my journey.”

A participant

“The red yarn and what it represents made me look back and reflect on everything I have gone through. The project also helped me to celebrate where I am at this moment of my life.”

A participant

“I don’t feel like telling my own single story but our collective stories.”

A participant

“It’s powerful when the audience relates to the stories we share. It feels like we shift from being a subject of research to actors of possible changes.”

A participant

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