(solo show)  
Museu de Alberto Sampaio, Guimarães  (PT)
21.01 — 12.03.2022

The exhibition was designed to occupy the Santa Clara Room, the Talha Room, the Chapter Room and the cloister of the Alberto Sampaio Museum, which presented our cultural heritage as entirely dependent on a plant heritage.

While the sound installation From the Forests (2022) in these rooms (created with sound recordings of various tropical rainforests) transported the museum's art pieces to a rainforest environment, our gaze was being directed to the pieces of sacred art, whose material was praised — the religious sculptures and the altarpieces built with wood: oak and chestnut — and unveiled the vegetal elements of the gilded carvings and the paintings. The sound installation activated our vision to see how certain cultural symbols and devices that have accompanied Portuguese culture are, in fact, made of plants.

Installation view at the cloister of Museu
de Alberto Sampaio, Guimarães. (2022)

Installation, variable dimensions;
200 plants from the species:

Agapanthus africanus
Aucuba japonica
Capsicum frutenses
Cotoneaster microphyllus
Cyca revoluta
Fatsia japonica
Juniperus horizontalis
Nerium oleander
Trachycarpus fortunei
Pittosporum tobira

/ Cultivated in the Municipal Plant Nursery
of Guimarães.


16'13". (still frames)

Installed with grow lights, The Future of Capital (2022) called our attention to our temporal conception of History, and the fact that the displacement of plant species has served to capitalize nature, in which the various periods of colonization throughout history contributed to an economic system whose capital was generated from the rapid production of plants (food, medicines, spices).

In the end, the video presents the production of new artificial ecosystems, such as greenhouses and vertical horticulture factories — where growth lights take the place of natural light — and opens several links to think about the installation of Futuristic Plant Arrangement (2022) that came from the Municipal Plant Nursery of Guimarães, arranged throughout the cloister.

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From the Forests2022

sound, in loop.