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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

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