The Living Forest: UÝRA (A Floresta Viva: UÝRA)

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Wednesday May 10

2:00 PM  –  2:45 PM

Join Lorenzo Fusi, Chief Curator, for a members-only tour of the newest exhibition The Living Forest: UÝRA (A Floresta Viva: UÝRA).

UÝRA (b. 1991, Santarém, Brazil) is an Indigenous visual artist, performer, biologist, activist, and art educator. Their social name and artistic alias, UÝRA, originally derives from the ancient Tupi language and means “flying insect or animal.” The artist is also known as “the walking tree” or “the tree that walks.”

The notion of embodiment is central to UÝRA’s practice in their aim to achieve a total and symbiotic identification with nature and the environment. The artist’s chameleonic transformations are an act of resistance against the structures of oppression and exploitative systems established by settlers’ culture. They address environmental concerns whilst also defending the rights of the Indigenous communities who have harmoniously inhabited the forest since ancestral times. Confronting racism and transphobia is also key to their practice, as is environmental research and art education.

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