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Lecture Performance: Uýra Sodoma

Brazil Footprint 0.0

15 Jul 2021
70 min watch

Join biologist, artist, educator, and drag queen from the Amazon, Uýra Sodoma - part of our Brazil Footprint 0.0 talks series.

In this film, Uýra introduces the political, cultural and biological context informing their practice and their efforts to bring debates about environmental conservation and LGBT rights to communities in and around Manaus.

About the artist

Emerson (Manaus, 1991) is an indigenous visual artist, a biologist and an art educator for the riverside communities in the Amazon region. He lives in Manaus, the industrial city in the middle of the forest, where he transforms into Uýra, a creature, both animal and vegetal, that walks around to expose and cure systemic colonial diseases. Through organic elements, using the body as a support, Uýra’s walking three overcomes the limits of speech through performance art. Interested in living systems and their violations from the perspective of diversity, dissidence, and adaptation, they (re)tell the natural stories of enchantment and crossings existing in the forest-city landscape. Uýra’s performances have appeared in various exhibitions in Brazil and internationally, including the exhibition Des Livres et Vous, Arles, the Moreira Salles institute and the upcoming Sao Paolo Biennial. One of their photo performances has been recently featured in Vogue Brazil.

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