Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Eu era gases puro, ar, espaço vazio, tempo, 2016
Intervention on Stella do Patrocínio poems, painted on the wall
Courtesy of the artist

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané arranged a visual translation of poems by Stella do Patrocínio on the walls of the convent. Stella do Patrocínio (Rio de Janeiro, 1941–1992) was taken by the police from the streets of Rio de Janeiro in 1962. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she was forcibly committed to the asylum and became a ‘psychiatrized subject’ of the Teixeira Brandão Women's Center, where she remained until her death in 1992. In 1986, psychologists Denise Correia and Marlene Sá Freire founded an artistic project as an attempt to open up the women's sector of the hospital. They invited the artist Nelly Gutmacher who turned an old shed into an artist studio and offered a series of workshops called ‘Project of Free Artistic Creation’. The voice and the power of enunciation of Stella do Patrocínio caught the attention of the team. Some of her talks were recorded on cassette tapes and, almost fifteen years later, were transcribed and edited by writer Viviane Mosé, and published as a book titled Reino dos bichos e dos animais é o meu nome [Realm of creatures and animals is my name].