Anna Baumgart’s performance “General and Girl” is based on the story of General Humberto Delgado and his partner and secretary, revolutionary Arajaryr Moreira de Campos, who, as fighters for freedom and democracy in Portugal, died murdered by the regime of António Salazar in 1964. However, Arajaryr Moreira de Campos did not get her rightful place in history. On the monuments scattered all over Portugal, General Delgado stands alone. The silhouette of Arajaryr Moreira de Campos was even erased from Wikipedia, and the justification reads that the fact that “someone is close to someone famous does not mean that he himself is also famous”.
The performance “General and Girl” was inspired by Bruno de Almeida’s film “Operation Autumn”. (2012), in which the director tells the story of the death of General Delgado and his partner and shows Arajaryr Moreira de Campos in virtually every scene of the film until the murder without giving her a chance to speak, which means that the whole film is told from the point of view of the men around her. Anna Baumgart gives the floor to the woman whose voice has been taken away and her life and struggle has been overturned. The work also gives voice to those who secretly work for the greatness of their partners, lovers, bosses. It illuminates the margin between public and private, between people in love relationships or other relationships in which the “private” (usually women) work anonymously for the name and position of the “public”.