Ale Ruaro (Brazil)
Juliana Sícoli (Brazil)
Lucia Adverse (Brazil)
Mathilde Thiennot (France)
Sami Korhonen (Finland)
Curator / Scenography: Ricardo Fernandes
Date: November 11 – Janvier 29
photos Ale Ruaro
F comme fôret (W like woodland)
Women’s Resilience and Nature’s Defiance in the Wake of Human-Induced Destruction.
The collaborative contemporary art exhibition named “F comme fôret” (W like woodland) features a collection of artworks by international artists Ale Ruaro (Brazil), Juliana Sícoli (Brazil), Loredana (Italy), Lucia Adverse (Brazil), Mathilde Thiennot (France), and Sami Korhonen (Finland).
This exhibition delves into the interconnectedness between women’s resilience and the environment from an artistic perspective, drawing parallels between the strength displayed by women and nature when confronted with challenges and adversity.
Uniting the strength of women and the enduring nature of the environment is essential in shaping a future that is more comprehensive, fair, and environmentally sustainable for future generations.
Across history, women have faced societal limitations, biases, and systemic obstacles, mirroring the challenges encountered by nature due to human exploitation. Despite these hurdles, women have consistently demonstrated resilience, surpassing societal expectations and difficulties to drive progress in social, economic, and political domains. Their resilience is visible in their ability to adapt, innovate, and advocate for change despite systemic disparities and imbalances.
Similarly, nature exhibits resilience, comparable to women, in the face of human-induced destruction. Woodlands, as symbols of this resistance, play a crucial role in ecological harmony. Nevertheless, they endure extensive deforestation caused by profit-driven human activities, predominantly directed by male-dominated industries.
The correlation between male-controlled destructive industries and the resilience exhibited by women is not incidental. Industries such as logging, mining, and large-scale agriculture, primarily overseen by men, often prioritize short-term gains over long-term environmental consequences. This pattern echoes historical power dynamics where men historically held sway in decision-making, perpetuating environmental degradation and societal inequalities.
Acknowledging the parallels between women’s resilience and nature’s resistance underscores the importance of empowerment and inclusivity. Through artistic expression, this exhibition visually emphasizes the significance of comparing two distinct points of resistance on Earth. Ale Ruaro, Juliana Sícoli, Loredana, Lucia Adverse, Mathilde Thiennot, and Sami Korhonen not only create artworks that embody these truths but visually blend the female form with nature, presenting a unique form of resistance, delving into the power of female existence.
Highlights of The Show:
- Interconnected Narratives: “W like woodland” weaves a compelling narrative that explores the symbiotic relationship between women’s resilience and nature’s defiance in the face of human-induced destruction.
International Artistic Collaboration: The exhibition showcases a diverse range of artworks created by a group of international artists proposing a global perspective on the theme.
Parallel Stories of Strength: Drawing parallels between women and nature, the exhibition eloquently illustrates the strength and resilience exhibited by both entities in the face of challenges, emphasizing the interconnectedness of these narratives.
Environmental Advocacy Through Art: The artworks serve as a powerful form of environmental advocacy, urging viewers to contemplate the impact of human activities, particularly male-dominated industries, on both women and nature.
Vision for a Comprehensive Future: “W like woodland” advocates for a future that is comprehensive, fair, and environmentally sustainable. The exhibition suggests that understanding and valuing the strength of women and nature is integral to shaping a more balanced world.
Historical Parallels: By examining historical societal limitations faced by women and the historical exploitation of nature, the exhibition sheds light on the shared challenges and systemic obstacles that both women and the environment have encountered over time.
Resilience Across Domains: The artworks not only portray the resilience of women in social, economic, and political domains but also mirror nature’s resilience in the context of widespread deforestation and environmental degradation.
Critical Examination of Male-Dominated Industries: The exhibition critically examines the impact of male-controlled destructive industries, such as logging, mining, and large-scale agriculture, on the environment. It highlights the consequences of prioritizing short-term gains over long-term ecological well-being.
Empowerment and Inclusivity: Through artistic expression, “W like woodland” underscores the importance of empowerment and inclusivity, emphasizing the need for diverse voices and perspectives in shaping a sustainable future.
Visual Blending of Female Form with Nature: The unique artistic approach of blending the female form with elements of nature creates a visually striking representation of resistance. This visual metaphor delves into the power of female existence and its interconnectedness with the resilience found in the natural world.