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Devolver a Terra à Terra

Curated by Viviane Tabach

Devolver a Terra à Terra is an ongoing project that investigates the spiritual, political, identitarian and cultural aspects of the land. The project is composed of exhibitions, film screenings and public programs that invite spectators to delve into narratives that foster nature-culture agencies. The issue of territory materializes and permeates all the works, encouraging discourse on subjectivity, coexistence, and resistance, bringing out the circumstantial geographies of Brazil.

Viviane Tabach is a Brazilian curator and art mediator based in Berlin.

Curupira e a máquina do destino (Curupira and the Machine of the Destiny)
Janaína Wagner,Brazil, France 2021, 25 min. Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles, DCP

Uýra: A Retomada da Floresta (Uýra: The Rising Forest)
Juliana Curi, Brazil, US 2022, 72 min. Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles, DCP

The screening will be followed by an online talk with Janaína Wagner 

Filmed in Amazonas, Brazil, on the roads Estrada Fantasma (Phantom Road) BR-319, Transamazônica BR-230 and in the village of Realidade (Reality), Curupira and the Machine of the Destiny is an encounter in the present time between the creature curupira, protectress of the forests of Brazil, and the incarnated ghost of Iracema, a 14-year-old prostitute and fictional character in the film “Iracema - uma transa amazônica” (1974, Jorge Bodanzky and Orlando Senna). In a fracture of time, like a scar that cuts through the earth, there exists a straight road called the Phantom Road. It was opened like a wound during the civic-military dictatorship that ensnared Brazil with cries of order and progress whereas the asphalt rebar BR-319, once destroyed, is now drowning in a process of reconstruction. 

Uýra: A Retomada da Floresta shares ancestral knowledge with Indigenous youth in the Amazon to promote the significance of identity and place, threatened by Brazil's oppressive political regime. Through dance, poetry, and stunning characterization, Uýra confronts historical racism, transphobia, and environmental destruction, while emphasizing the interdependence of humans and the environment. (VT)


Janaína Wagner is a visual artist and filmmaker who works across film, drawing and installation to research the relations of limit, control and contention that human-kind establishes with the world.