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Altamira 2042

Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha

Guerilla of the Living

Fluorescent speakers flicker in the tropical night. Armed with a high-tech arsenal, the Brazilian artist Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha presides over a techno-shamanist ceremony dedicated to the Xingu River and the River people displaced by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam. Altamira 2042, a product of Carneiro da Cunha’s long-term research around Amazonian river ecosystems destroyed by Man, carries the language of waterways and animals and the voices of all that makes up the land.

Taking the form of an eco-feminist fable, this interactive installation activated by Carneiro da Cunha draws on modern and traditional technologies. The result of extended dialogue with the peoples of the river, this haunting, elaborate solo piece calls for an “Amazonization” of the world, a battle in which life stands its ground against the destructive forces of progress. Stunning and staggering, Altamira 2042 is an ode to the solidarity of living things and a cry of warning.

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About the artist


Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha (São Paulo)

Originally an actress, Brazil’s Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha has worked with directors such as Ariane Mnouchkine, Grace Passô, and Eryk Rocha during her theatrical and cinematic career. She is also a stage director, filmmaker, and researcher who has been working on a research project since 2013 that collects testimonies about endangered Brazilian rivers and the people who live along their banks, marginalized from the historical, political, and economic processes that lead to dispossession.

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“I like to think that, first and foremost, I’m giving ears to those who have lost the old knowledge of listening to all the different entities that share worlds with us.”

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