In continuation of the work I have been doing with the project All My Independent Women (since 2005), whose fifth exhibition, in 2010, focused on the book ‘New Portuguese Letters’ (by Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa), ‘Conjugar no Plural’ focuses on the collective aspect of AMIW, to celebrate the myriad of participation, the importance of collective creativity, and the impact of the project. I went back to essential issues that were already present in the NPL: the creativity of women (feminist, or ‘matrixial’ as Catherine de Zehger says, because men were always included in AMIW) and its place in contemporary culture. Which fields are still to be conquered and which forms will our action take? Or rather, how can we can give more visibility to the work of women (and men) who deal with the issues of the relationship between sexual difference / gender and power without, however, replicating the prevailing strategies (and I speak of the arts) of distribution, acclamation, conservation and registration.
Laura Guy wrote in 2014 for Act 1, Inessential Fathers ‘Carla Cruz’s poster work Conjugar no Plural (2012), lists the names of contributors to her project All My Independent Women. Working to name her collaborators, Cruz articulates a form of collective feminist authorship that disrupts its dominant forms.’