To Open the Ground
[a navel to Burnside]
Residency, Site-Specific
Detroit, 2017

The circular dug space is a navel for Burnside Farm Detroit, located at the center of the urban farm. This earthwork is the outcome of a 12-week residency, working directly with the land and people that constitute that diverse community. It is a gathering space, a place to ground and a stage for activities on healing, meditation and celebrating difference.

Together with the earth-work, an installation and exhibition were open to the public to share images, drawings and references that give new layers of depth to the work.


It is an on-going project and, as the other elements of the Farm (the house, the garden, the garage...), is a place that will keep growing over time, necessity and care.  


- video-performance made by the end of the process
–more information about Burnside Farm click here
To Recall The Absent

Residency, Site-Specific
Pecos, New Mexico, 2016

The symbolic site was created by mowing a round form in the natural vegetation and placing a flag to honor each cardinal direction. The installation’s locations, form and materials reflect on the natural and cultural presences found on site.

The drawings on the flags (made with ceramic base, wooden pole and oil pencil on polyester) create a dialogue with elements of identity of this place that are less visible.

The work invited the visitors of Pecos National Historical Park to be present in the midst of its sacred landscape, a location that is usually closed to the public.


-check a video-walk to the installation in here
Em Algum Lugar Entre a Terra e a Casa
–Somewhere Between the Land and the Home

Residency, Collective, Site-Specific
OC Oswald de Andrade, São Paulo, 2015-6

The collective residency celebrates the encouter of the 5 female artists (Renata Cruz, Laura Gorski, Flavia Mielnik, Alessandra Duarte and Bel Falleiros) that shared a historical house in the backyard of the art institution as their studio. Embraced by the space of the ‘casinha’ - the worked alongside while relating to the themes of inner and outer space, the idea of a home and the female presence.

After 3 months of cohabitating the space, they presented a final installation that reflects the architecture of the house and the things that happened inside its walls, blurring notions of authorship.

Navels of the world
[mountains, omphalos, zeros...]
2015-ongoing

The serie contributes to the research on land identity by myths and landmarks that are shared and universal across different cultures. Focusing on the idea of the starting/emerging point of a place/people, the drawings, photos and trips investigates how these symbols are the represented in the landscape.

The ongoing research features Sacred Mountain, Navels, Zeros, Omphalos (navel stones), Menhirs and other imagery that materialize the idea of this 'zero' from where we came in diverse places around the word (or in mitological and spiritual space). 


What our shared symbology can teach us about the how we human relates to the earth we all inhabit? What are our needs as beings to feel grounded in the landscape we live? 


Amnesia territories [São Paulo]
Research, Series
São Paulo, 2013-Ongoing

The Ongoing research is based on the roots of the ungroundness and identity amnesia present on the artist’s hometown: São Paulo. 

Having the city starting point - a knoll that was once had an indigenous village and where late the Portuguese decide to settle, was the stage of one the most symbolic battles of the colonization process of the city.

The same location is also the place where two main ancient native road use to cross and where the ‘zero’ of the city was market (today dislocated to a new monument, 50ft away).

What lies under the soil we walk on?  How does what is constructed subsequently affect both the land and our own identity? What each place’s history has to teach us?


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