To receive flowers is to be worthy of affection. In the Women of Color Don’t Receive Flowers series, Panmela paints flowers that known and unknown people have given to her..
It is a gathering of paintings dedicated to her “untiring search for affection”, in which the flowers are named after the person that gifted Panmela with the flower. Panmela paints all the flowers she receives, because she feels that if she doesn’t paint, she is rejecting someone’s affection.
The title of the series refer to theories related to the “Loneliness of the Woman of Color”, developed by authors like Ana Cláudia Lemos Pacheco, Claudete Alves da Silva Souza, Bell Hooks and the Gabriela Moura’s original phrase that went viral on Facebook a while ago.
“Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers (Ademar Britto)”, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 x 8 cm, 2021. Image: Panmela Castro Archive.
Painting "Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers (Heloisa Buarque de Hollanda)", at the artist's previous atelier in Rio de Janeiro.
“Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers (Ademar Marinho)”, oil on linen, 70 x 50 x 4 cm, 2021. Image: Panmela Castro Archive
Panmela Castro receives flowers from her guests at the opening of the "Ostentar é estar Viva" exhibition, at the Luisa Strina Gallery, in São Paulo.
“Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers (Maybel Sulamita)”, oil on linen, 70 x 50 x 8 cm, 2021. Image: Panmela Castro Archive
View of some of the paintings that are a part of the "Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers" series, by the artist Panmela Castro.