Patricia Branco Cornish is a PhD researcher in the Communications Department at Concordia. She works with oral history to investigate women’s memories of the Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985). She applies a combined method of oral stories and artworks as prompts of memories to investigate woman’s experiences of a totalitarian regime. Her research sheds light on how women became artists and occupied public spaces in art institutions and galleries when societal expectations were of women to remain at home as carers of their families. The women’s engagement in artistic practices also defied the dictatorship’s propaganda which condemned women’s political and social engagements outside their households.