1966 – 1967 Cintra’s first arts project was a theatre play, using the methodology of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. This project was a collaboration with a juvenile institution (FEBEM – Porto Alegre Brazil. Where children and adolescents from 12 to 17, considered offenders were incarcerated.

Cintra proposed that the play was created and performed by the students of her high school the young people imprisoned. The play was performed both at the prison and the high school.


1984 to 1988 Interference in a park, clay of three different colours

In 1984, Cintra formed a partnership with a clay miner and a public park in Porto Alegre, with the aim of returning clay to the park. Three mounds of different colour clay where placed in the park and the changes documented for 4 years.

As a result, children played with the clay making little pots and sculptures that often would be found on the clay mounds.

Pandora’s Laundry Sink 1984

In the early 80’s, Cintra developed her own porcelain and stoneware clays. She played with woman’s underwear and baby nappies transformed into porcelain and created the Pandora’s series.

In 1984 she install Pandora’s Laundry Sink simultaneously at the Museum of Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre and at the National Foundation for the Arts’ Gallery Macunaima in Rio de Janeiro.

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Marily Cintra - Pandora’s Laundry 1984 Installation: laundry sink, porcelain, rope, pegs, bamboo, light Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and Galeria Macunaima, National Foundation for the Arts, Rio de Janeiro, 1984