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Sumaré Boards

2021 - 2022 | Painting

Acrylic on cotton paper; 42 x 60 cm

I was born and live in the Land of Tupiniquins, Tupi nation, which used the word “sumaré” to designate a ‘wild orchid’. In Sumaré Boards I remember the name of this epiphytic plant that I research through my studies of the first encyclopedias of drawings of the Brazilian flora. Just like orchids, which only seek the companionship of those who are giving them support, the name ‘tupin-i-ki’ means ‘neighbor next door’. On my boards, the incomprehensible name establishes the desire to blur the scientific designation and to establish a new connection with the origin of the plant on this Tupi Land and its original inhabitants.