As Flames Engulfed the River
As Flames Engulfed the River (2018)
Short film, 10 min.
This short film looks into the history of the peacock flower — also known as ayoowiri — in Brazil, proposing a reframing of notions of the past, present and future as a key feminist and decolonial praxis. This piece is profoundly connected to the sculpture “The Imaginary Becomes Complete At the Margins of Every New Linear Projection”; it starts from the same memories memories of ayoowiri growing along the Maracanã river in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. The film expands the sculpture’s engagement with the relationship between the trees, bodies of water, and the colonial practice of bioprospecting, discussing fluid notions of time, flowing through and with and around the movements of plants; the consolidation of colonial hierarchies of knowledge; and expanding on notions of impermanence and ephemerality.
Music and sound design by Pedro Oliveira.
Commissioned by Art Lab Gnesta.