We should no longer place the hopes of the revolution on the future, but generate the conditions to build the horizon we want.
One common becoming – Andrea de la Serna
The Amazon Forest, an independent living organism, teaches us that its future depends on the fusion of wisdom and the cross-over of knowledge. Artists, scientists, and communities unite at the LABVERDE FESTIVAL, to imagine the future, develop relationships and propose paths, stemming from the common belief in the human and non-human diversity of the region.
The festival will be held online from 02 to 05 June, 2021.
Watch the festival here.
The artwork Yara is develop by the Britain art collective Invisible Flocks and looks to understand the life cycle and stories of the Macacarecuia tree (Eschweilera tenuifolia (O.Berg) Miers) one of the oldest trees in the Amazon, approximately 1200 years old. Macacarecuia is a tree species of the igapó forests (seasonally-flooded forests on the margins of blackwater rivers flooded forests), is an endemic species of the Amazon water basin and it is highly abundant along the Black River. The Macacarecuia tree is an extremely slow growing species and lives up to 10 months of the year submerged in water as the annual freshwater flooding fills and drains the plains where it grows.
Together with scientists Jochen Schongart and Ricardo Perdiz, the art collective Invisible Flocks are exploring what more we could understand and uncover about this tree, how it pollinates to survive over centuries, how the hydrocycle is being affected by climate change and how Hydro Dams are altering the natural flood pulse of these landscapes.
Learn more in invisibleflock.com/portfolio/iara/
Taoca is a series of drawings that start from the movement of the army ants in the Amazon rainforest and the different species of animals that follow them. The word, which comes from taóka in Tupi, designates carnivorous ants that move in large quantities on the forest trunks and floor in search for food, attracting birds, butterflies and many other insects, in an interaction network of approximately 500 species.
The relationship between humans and beings and the time of nature is also present in this series of drawings through fragments of texts, scientific talks and conversations with forest inhabitants.
The work aims to present, through the images of the taoca, a metaphor about how the forest works. Depart from the analogy with the army ants that disorganize and disappear with the slightest disturbance, the work also proposes a reflection on our interdependence and vulnerability in the face of the process of the Amazon forest destruction.
Learn more about the artist Renata Cruz
Ver o Tempo
What is the true power of the image in the construction of time? Are images capable of projecting futures? What futures do we want to project for the Amazon?
Using the narrative dimension of the image, Paula Sampaio, Rogerio Assis, Bruno Kelly, Marcela Bonfim and Alberto César Araújo design new layers to reconstruct the landscape of the green paradise, exposing dystopian realities, based on their daily experiences and on their experiences in the field over the years.
The imagery of the photographers gains the sewing of the studies of the intercultural scientist Charles Clement on the future of the Amazon, where data from science gain the strength of the image and add up as a testimony of the anthropogenic transformations in the landscape. For the knowledge that is added and strengthened, there is a desire to see different possibilities for the future of the Amazon.
Ghosts of the Forest
Ghosts of the Forest is born from the merger between Marcus Maeder artistic foray in capturing sounds from the Amazon Region and Yara Costa research with the indigenous expression of identity in the Amazon and the choreographies developed for the company Índios.com.
From the approximation between sound and movement, a new set of work is born that tries to blur the boundaries between body and forest, science and knowledge and reflect on the possible disappearance of the tropical forest and its human and non-human inhabitants. The work will invite us to reflect on the acceleration of extermination of life and its traces due to the coronavirus and the current political situation in the Amazon.
"Yuíre", or, "Living in an eternal return" - this is the situation that the pandemic imposes on the peoples of the Amazon, who faced and face lethal diseases throughout their history of resistance. This series of collages, with mixed technique, brings to light the problem of tropical diseases and indigenous genocide, unraveling the relationship between the emergence of epidemics and rampant deforestation in the Amazon.
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Moara Tupinambá is a visual artivist, born in Maery Tupinambá (Belém do Pará). Their ancestors are native Tapajowaras, from the community of Cucurunã and Boim (Tupinambá). His poetics covers cartographies of memory, identity, ancestry, indigenous resistance and anti-colonial thinking.
Seed that in gestation
Keep the secret of the universe
In every verse, gesture and prayer
Feel the weight of life in construction
Denilson Baniwa was born in 1984 in Darí village, in Rio Negro, Amazonas. His career as an artist begins in childhood as an outcome of his people cultural references. In youth, the artist begins his trajectory in the struggle for the rights of the indigenous people and transits through the non-indigenous universe strengthen the stage of this resistance. Denilson Baniwa is an Anthropophagic artist, because he appropriates occidental languages to decolonize them in his work. His contemporary trajectory stablish the artist as a reference in the Brazilian Territory, breaking paradigms and paving the way for the leading role of the indigenous people in the country.