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In My Voice


Artist in Residence, House of Kin


Art project opening a conversation with Eucalyptus tree 

You are invited to the exhibition and experience In My Voice, a collection of artworks and a reception by Eucalyptus tree. The ongoing series of visual works ‘In My Voice’, some of which were originally created and presented for the project Say My Name and I Will Tell You My Story, developed with the curation of Ines Valle, the Cera Project, in 2020. The artworks connect to the spirit and essence of the Eucalyptus tree, expressed through botanical prints on fabric and ink prints on paper with Eucalyptus bark and leaves.  

The inspiration for these artworks is the tree’s own way of being - its relationship with water, fire and the ecosystem. I observe how the bark peels off the trunks, how it falls down under gravity, how it hangs reaching towards the earth. I notice the cycles of the falling leaves and peeling bark are in tune with the cycles of tannins between the tree and the soil. Through these artworks, I feel, the tree expresses itself creating a symbolic narrative with the themes of healing through moving fire and water, its power to transform, the relationship between the dreaming world, the myth and its meaning in ecological consciousness. 

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Eternal Forest 


2 June - 2 July 2022


University of Lisbon, MUHNAC-ULisboa , National Museum of Natural History and Science 


Opening

2 June 17.00 - 20.00


Eternal Forest film screening 

7 June 17.30 - 20.00


Performance at Jardim Botânico de Lisboa

4, 10, 11, 17 June 15.00 - 17.00


Closing and book launch 

30 June 17.00 - 20.00



Eternal Forest exhibition at  MUHNAC-ULisboa  - Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência and Jardim Botânico de Lisboa from University of Lisbon, presents artworks from the Eternal Forest project spanning 2018 until 2022, for the first time shown together in Portugal.


Evgenia is an artist working to reconcile, heal and deepen the human relationship with nature through visual works, films and ecological interventions. She has been working on Eternal Forest since she moved to Portugal from the UK in 2017. After witnessing the aftermath of the fires she decided to start working with forests and communities to understand the roots of the issue of deforestation in Portugal. 


‘I experienced the most shocking environmental disaster I have witnessed in my life - the aftermath of the devastating forest fires of 2017, with kilometer after kilometer of charred remains of trees marking the ravages endured by the earth. An otherworldly landscape of devastation created by fires sweeping through the endless eucalyptus plantations that have invaded the Portuguese countryside. Burned forests, farms, gardens and villages. Human, plant and animal lives lost. 


Since then through poetry, storytelling, visual works, and films she has been working on raising awareness about the tangible and intangible values of biodiverse natural forests. Out of this work emerged a vision for creating 1000 Eternal Forest Sanctuaries around the world which through art support and protect biodiversity and connect the forest to the local communities. https://www.eternalforest.earth/ 


The exhibition Eternal Forest includes the cycle of Eternal Forest artworks from 2018: Eternal Forest film, series of visual artworks and the artist’s book, the cycles of works from 2019: Eternal Forest Manifesto,  Eternal Forest Manifesto film and Eternal Forest Manifesto artist’s book. 


Evgenia will create a new site-specific installation and performance artwork as a result of her research in the Botanical Garden of Lisbon inspired by the seeds she collected. Based on the stories of seeds and trees and their uses in indigenous cultures she created a series of poems woven into her performance. 


The exhibition will take place at Laboratório de Química Analítica. A catalogue of the exhibition including new artworks will be published and presented at the finissage on the 30th of June. 



To buy tickets for the performance please follow the link: https://www.museus.ulisboa.pt/pt-pt/bilhetes-online 

If you are visiting the exhibition and attending the performance on the same day, you can buy a joint ticket to the Museum and the Botanical Garden of Lisbon.


To register for the film screening 

Send an email to geral@museus.ulisboa.pt 


Exhibition open Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00-17.00


www.museus.ulisboa.pt

Rua da Escola Politécnica 56/58, 1250-102 Lisboa


www.evgeniaemets.vision

www.eternalforest.earth