Rigo 23
Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, Brazil


Project Summary

Rigo 23 first visited the coastal village of Cananéia and the surrounding forested areas of southeastern Brazil in early spring 2005. Between 2006 and 2008 he made four additional trips to the site, forming strong connections with three local communities: the Guaraní community of Pindoty, an indigenous community; the Quilombola communities of Ivaporunduva and Sapatú, founded hundreds of years ago by escaped and freed slaves; and the Caiçara Community of Itacuruçá, a fishing village near São Paulo.

Rigo worked in collaboration with the artisans of these communities to create two sculptures using traditional materials and methods. The works serve as a metaphor for the notion that the developed world often exploits the resources of economically disadvantaged nations to support unsustainable, and often destructive, ways of life. Together, they have built replicas of contemporary weapons of mass destruction—a cluster bomb and a nuclear submarine—and turned them into celebrations of life instead of death.

Funding permitting, some of the community members who participated in the project will travel to San Diego and Berkeley to take part in the exhibition’s education programs.

“Maybe a small environmental organization, some art museums, and a bunch of artists can actually contribute to a much-needed dialogue on sustainability and thus make a difference in the long run—by impacting thousands of museum-goers in the U.S. and further alerting local authorities at the sites to the great interest the world has in the treasures they are safeguarding.”

—Rigo 23, on the Human/Nature project

Related Links

Rigo 23 Interview

Produced by Lidia Rossner and Alexander Rossner, http://dmovies.net/.