Inezita Barroso (1925-2015) dedicated her deep talent to her passion for traditional manifestations of Brazilian culture. Making use of her unique charisma, she conquered her space as someone ahead of her time, careless about conventions, not accepting the place reserved – or imposed – by society to women. Thanks to her extensive work and pioneer spirit, the background of the singer, instrumentalist, researcher and presenter is remembered by Ocupação Itaú Cultural, which focuses, in 2017, in the career of women of fundamental importance to national art and culture.
Long before assuming the leadership of Viola, Minha Viola between 1980 and 2015 – one of the most long-lived TV shows in Brazilian television, Inezita was already a star. A star with feet on the ground and soul commited to the roots of the national music. In more than 80 albums, she interpreted lyrics of several regions and traditions from all over the country – besides those from the countryside universe, called “caipira”, with which the artist has the narrower relation – and also built a reputation based on her career on the movies and radio.
Besides the manuscripts, recordings and audiovisuals in which Inezita tells her own story, this exhibition shows several lifetime items collected by her, such as pictures, notes from fans and articles from newspapers and magazines. Graduated in librarianship, she was very keen on organizing her collection and building a legacy of outmost importance to the preservation of traditional Brazilian music and culture.