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"We must no longer place the hopes of the revolution on a future horizon, but generate the conditions to build the horizon we want"

A common to come - Andrea de la Serna

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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 is expected to take place online in June, 2021.

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.

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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

Ghosts of the Forest
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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 Í


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.

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