2017 International Art Festival
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I am a New York-based Brazilian-American artist working primarily with drawing. The images I have submitted are from my long-term project The Remembrance Archive. The foundation of the project is the idea that oppression is rooted in loss of memory (based on a quote by Paula Gunn Allen), so I post one hand-drawn portrait every day to Instagram in memoriam of lives lost to recent crimes of hate, fear, and systemic racism in the U.S. The focus thus far has been on the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and police shootings of black civilians. Each portrait is accompanied by text with information about the person and the incident, which can be incorporated into an exhibition context with a printout or wall text. As we remember and mourn, we can reflect on why lives were lost, unify against hierarchal structures that maintain hate, and ultimately heal. This project and my other works also explore the duality of drawing as a permanent and ephemeral medium. They can withstand hundreds of years and can also tear, smudge, or disintegrate. Memory can function in a similar way. The drawings simultaneously solidify a moment and emphasize the transience of time and memory.