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Presented at the exhibition "Hélio Oiticica: Museu é o Mundo" at Instituto Cultural Itaú, São Paulo, Brazil, 2010
In this performance, Hugo Fortes and Síssi Fonseca interact with an installation of Hélio Oiticica. Each 5 five minutes, when a clock rings, the performers change their places and their actions.They play with daily activities like brushing the teeth, making the bed, running and so on.

Tic Tac
Presented at the II International Biennial of Performance of Santiago, Chile, 2009.
The performance presents a reflection on time, daily life, intimacy, relationships between people and their pets.The artists begin the performance under sheets, which are afterwards hung on a line to serve as a projection screen. On the sheets are projected images of daily habits, like coffee with milk, making the bed and life with pets. Meanwhile, the performers sit under a reel that turns strings incessantly over their heads, like an hourglass. Finally, the artists gather the sheets, making a bundle, which is suspended like a pendulum moved by them.

Vermelho na Vermelho
Presented in Verbo 2008 at Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil.
Conceived as a site-specific performance, the performance proposed an ironic reflection on aesthetics, and art market, in all its meanings and ambiguities. Hugo Fortes dyes in red Sissi Fonseca's hair. Meanwhile, Sissi read pop magazines and books of aesthetics and art criticism. The audience watches a projection of texts and images related to the color red and its highlights in the art (Red Shift of Cildo Meirelles / Atelier Matisse Red / Peasant Red Malevich, etc.). The performance plays with the dubious meanings of words like esthetics, salon (beauty and art), painting (all types), beauty, coloring, etc.. At the end, Sissi Fonseca washes her hair, draining red paint on their clothes and on the floor.

Mesa Posta
Presented in Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile. 2007.
In the performance “Mesa Posta”,Síssi Fonseca throws a lot of stones lying on a huge table.With this action, she defies the traditional roles of  formal situations and  social rules.The noise made by the stones falling on the floor and in the buckets with water bring a very intense rhythm to the perform

Do Pó…. ao Pó

Presented in Festival de la Tierra, Venezuela, 2008.


In this work Síssi Fonseca draws off earth from glass bottles, throwing it on the floor. Then she cleans the foots of the public and finally buries her own shoes.  She works with domestic memories and establishes a reflection about the meanings of the earth and what is clean and what is dirty. Can we clean our body from our memories?

O que fica / Was Bleibt / What remains

Presented in Galeria Vermelho (with Hugo Fortes), in São Paulo, Brazil, 2007

and in Konsumverein, in Brunswick, Germany, 2005


 The artists washes the floor of the venue with her own body and then lies nude in a box filled with liquid plaster and stays there until the plaster becomes hard. When she comes out of the plaster, her body form remains as empty space in it. The work is a discussion about what passes and what remains...

Evaporates and flies/ Verdampft und fliegt

Presented in Galery Artcore, Paris, France, 2004.
 In this performance presented in Paris, Síssi Fonseca worked with sand and water. She acts like a housewife that  cleans, cut carrots and washes the stairs. She tries allways to get the forms of the formless materials, like sand and water, but these forms, like the life, goes down through her hands.

Era uma vez... Es war einmal...Once upon a time    

Presented in Castle Almoshof, Nuremberg, Germany, 2004.


This performance was created in the castle Schloss Almoshof in Nuremberg. The performance was inspired on the “spirits” of the place. The performer appears in different places of the castle, work with threads, say some words and disappears again. A work about history, memory and its transformations. The work is showed alive, in photos or in video.

Ar e Chão /  Air and Floor / Luft und Boden

Presented in Schiller Pallais, Berlin, Germany, 2004.

In the performance “Air and Floor” Síssi Fonseca falls repeatedly on the floor and tries to get up again. She works with the concepts of weight and gravity and the passages between earth and sky, life and death, air and floor . At the end of the performance she goes down in the basement and lies on a net. Above her is a plastic with water. Suddenly she cuts the plastic and the water falls on her.


Presented in the Galeria 10,20x3,60 in São Paulo , Brazil, 2003 and in the Centro Cultural São Paulo, 2006.


In this performance Síssi Fonseca has washed the Galery with very intense movements and action. Her body was like a piece of cloth, that one uses to wash the floor. This action symbolizes the passages and transformations of the place, where it was done, as well the passages and transformations of the body and the life of the artist herself.