Centre Régional de la Photographie, 2019

Douchy-les-Mines, França

The exhibition La Machine du Monde is rooted
in the inevitably conflictual relations between the construction of local Brazilian memory
and general historical and contemporary representations of the collective colonial unconscious. At that decisive intersection, where the environmental issue takes the form of a conflict between dominant models of intensive exploitation and the survival of local populations and their fight for land possession. How is territory experienced, and how can the idea of a nation be redesigned, opening it to different alterities, to different types of local knowledge production?
The sculptures and interventions
in the exhibition seek to establish a relational field between the notion
of territory (in its macro-political sense) and the body—understood
as a micro-political extension of that territory – marked by memories and experiences of domination, creation and resistance. The simplicity of the setup and the use of salvaged materials found in the countryside highlight the precariousness of that relation, and the transformative power of the creative gesture.