In Bombril (first performed in 2010), Priscila Rezende performs in a public space for approximately an hour and uses her hair to wash household objects, such as pots and pans. “Bombril” is named after a popular brand of domestic cleaning products such as steel wool to which Rezende makes reference because of its pejorative use in Brazilian society to refer to black hair and the black individual. In this piece, Rezende performs the personal act of hair washing as a means to confront the public, in effect transforming herself into an object of voyeurism and consumption. Through "Bombril", Priscila Rezende makes a statement about her own Blackness as well as about the associations of Black women with domestic labor within Brazilian society. This performance poses the question of whether the Black individual’s hair and personhood is presentable outside of instances of servitude or labor. Rezende first performed the piece in 2010. This version was filmed at the Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro on June 25, 2017.
Priscila Rezende was born in Belo Horizonte in 1985. She lives and works in Belo Horizonte. Race, identity, the insertion and presence of the black individual and women in contemporary society act as main drivers and questions raised in the work of Priscila Rezende. From her own experiences as a black and Latin American woman, imposed limitations, discrimination and stereotypes are exposed in intense works, which seek to establish with the public a direct and clear dialogue. The artist proposes to the public to share and be confronted by different realities, in order to displace them from their positions of comfort and to question crystallized prerogatives.


Additional Info

  • Duration: 3:29
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: June 25, 2017
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Cast: Performer : Priscila Rezende
  • Credits: Concept: Priscila Rezende ; Imagems e edição: Filó Filho; Produção audiovisual: Cultne Mídia.