GROUNDING EXPERIENCES AND HABITATIONS - Connecting with the space
DIALOGUES - Connections with others
How the unrevealed encrypted message in an artwork may interfere in the connection between the piece and the viewers?
This work is an homage to the Yanomami and other indigenous people that are suffering and dying because of the lack of protection and assistance from the previous Brazilian government. They are guardians of the forest, which has been decimated by gold miners and farmers. The piece presents the figure of Bartolina Sisa, an indigenous heroine from the XVIII century, who defended her people against the domination and abuses of Spanish colonizers. She is wearing a headdress made with plant leaves instead of feathers. Sisa was murdered on September 5th 1782. Since 1983, the International Day of Indigenous Women is celebrated every 5 September honoring the date of her death.
"My voice is my work.
As a biologist at first, I worked with environmental preservation and developed a strong connection with nature. There are so many bad things happening right now in the world..., depredation of the Amazon rain forest, deterioration of the environment, indigenous populations decimated due to lack of protection and care by governments, hunger, wars…, few good news! I want to scream, shake who do not care about all these disasters. Through my work, I wish to call the attention for the urgency of doing something to avoid a collapse of our environment and our (un)civilization."