Texture and gesture

Andrea de Moraes Cavalheiro

The photographs in this essay were taken between 2010 and 2012, as part of my master's research, during fieldwork at the Instituto de Cegos Padre Chico, an elementary school in São Paulo, specialized in visually impaired students, whether with blindness or low vision.
In this essay I try to capture some gestures, incomplete movements and swings in the air, which refer to body techniques, instituted in the daily ceremonial of the body. In this dressage, where the body itself is an instrument of technique, there are fingers deciphering relief graphics, hands reading in Braille and jumping to the sound of the rope.
In my dissertation, I explain how some of these techniques are connected to categories of naming, body signs and qualifying attributes, negotiated by the actors to compose performative practices of visual impairment.