After the appropriation of Rugendas’ drawings (where the German artist and traveler depicted Brazilian landscape), numerous reproductions (photocopies) of these pictures were made until their disappearance. The video is a stop-motion animation created from a series of these images.
FAR AWAY FROM HERE Video 2:23 minutes 2014-2018
Rugendas drawings and paintings are some of Brazil’s first representations, and it is still a reference in our image of a tropical Land. After many years of European colonization, how could these representations be thought of nowadays? How could these images be resituated toward a contemporary Brazilian imaginary of a tropical land?
The work’s title refers to the song “Brasilien ist nicht weit von hier” (Brazil is not far from here), a song that told wonders about Brazil to stimulate the migration of Germans to the country in the 19th century.