THE SCALE OF THE DISASTER 2013
Traveling along the Xingu River in the northern estate of Pará in Brazil, I was very impressed with the grandeur of nature while, at the same time, bewildered by the fact that without a reference the sense of scale is completely lost. It was only when I approached the construction of the Belo Monte power plant that the real scale of nature became clear to me. Based on the sizes of men and machinery, the immensity of the forest became evident.
The process of destruction of a previously untouched region of the Brazilian forest in the name of a doubtful progress makes us aware of the real scale of what is being lost forever.
Production: Renata Padovan and Otavio Machado
Cinematography and Camera: Renata Padovan and Otavio Machado
Editor: Renata Padovan
Music: chants by Murakawa recorded at the margins of Xingu river at Kwatinemu Village
Soundtrack mix: Renata Padovan
Renata Padovan (b. São Paulo, Brazil) employs video, sound, drawing, and landscape interventions to explore a number of issues including cartography, borders, and the endangerment of both human culture and the environment. Along the years, she has performed a number of poetic actions in nature to trace its relationship with the body through an act of marking with different materials including fire, grass, and paint.
Saturday, 5 November, 2016