Performance

23.07.2022 12.00-13.00

Wheelchair Accessible

Zahir Pajaziti Square

participants

Uýra Sodoma

Performance – Uýra Sodoma

Espíritos de Tudo Que Vive 2019. © Uýra Sodoma. Photo © Selma Maia

As in Prishtina and countless other places across the world, rivers in the Brazilian city of Manaus have vanished. To make way for commerce, specifically the rubber trade, these ancient waterways were transformed into roadways – to devastating effect on the environment and the people who live there. Hundreds were slaughtered during construction. Embodying a “tree that walks”, Uýra Sodoma enacts the recovery of the rivers, the fertility of the soil and the rich diversity of plant life. Uýra is the alter-ego of Emerson, a non-binary indigenous biologist, ecologist, educator and artist. An at once archaic and futuristic hybrid figure, they work across multiple media including performance, photography, installation, lectures and classes. Confronting racism and transphobia is as important to them as environmental education. Whereas the performative photographs of Retomada explore the vegetal and spiritual recuperation of sites of neglect, the installation Malhadeira reimagines the hydrographic network of Manaus, still submerged beneath roads and avenues. Uýra regards each as an overtly political denouncement and manifesto.  

 

Uýra Sodoma will give a performance in Zahir Pajaziti Square from 12.00-13.00 on Saturday the 23rd of July.