“When we learn to listen to plants without the need to hear them speak, a language that we have forgotten emerges... This language belongs to plants, and so do the stories...”                                      – Monica Gagliano

The art project ‘SAY MY NAME AND I WILL TELL YOU MY STORY’ explores memories, narratives and stories of Eucalyptus trees, from their indigenous wisdom and meanings, to their use in contemporary Western society. This collaborative project between curator Inês Valle and artist Evgenia Emets, opens with an art installation at Espaço Espelho d'Água in Belém, Lisbon. A rich education programme invites audiences to a series of online conversations. 


The CERA PROJECT, presents newly commissioned work by artist Evgenia Emets, curated by Inês Valle, inspired by research in trees and forests. Evgenia Emets explores the link between nature’s biodiversity and human language and culture, narratives around colonisation and decolonisation of nature. This work is rooted in the relationship the artist has developed with the Eucalyptus family during her life in Portugal.  

Exhibition Opening | 22 Oct. 5 to 7pm 


Online Conversations



29 October 

‘Plant intelligence and plant communication’ with Monica Gagliano and Sarah Abbott. 

A hot topic in recent science, changing and challenging the ways we look at plants, offering inspiration and tapping into ancient knowledge verified through modern scientific research. A special edition of Eternal Forest Conversations. 

3 November

‘Eucalyptus: Indigenous knowledge’ with Dr. Philip Clarke. 

The Eucalyptus tree has been an integral part of Indigenous culture in Australia, in medicines, food, art, everyday objects, as well as being considered a sacred tree in many tribes. How can we look at the Eucalyptus tree differently in Europe, inspired by the Indigenous wisdom and stories? 


5 November, 17h-19h 

‘The intangible heritage of forests’ with Ana Monsalve Cuartas and Ana Aguas. 

Since the dawn of agriculture we have started looking at forests from a purely utilitarian perspective. What are we missing and how is the value of forests more important than ever for our society?  


SAY MY NAME AND I WILL TELL YOU MY STORY is part of the cultural program VENTO SUL at Espaço Espelho D'Água in October 2020. This project is aimed to make a contribution to the extended cultural programme within the year Lisbon Green Capital 2020. It has the financial support of DGARTES.

Artist / Artista

Evgenia Emets​

Curated / Curadoria

In​ês Valle

Dates / Datas

22 Oct – 06 Nov


Online Talks / Conversas

29 Oct 

03 Nov

05 Nov 

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Program / Programa


Venue / Local

Espaço Espelho D'Água 

Belém, Portugal

Eternal Forest Project explores our human relationship with forests, biodiversity and the sacred. Looking at a timeline beyond human life - a hundred, a thousand, 10,000 years, how can art be created at this timescale? 

An ongoing art project Eternal Forest Sanctuaries is the vision to create 1,000 Eternal Forest Sanctuaries across the World, protected for 1,000 years. Each sanctuary a gift of ancient trees and biodiversity to future generations. An expression of hope, love and care for those who will come after us. 

Eternal Forest project was born in response to pervasive deforestation, and loss of biodiversity with the intention to contribute to rewilding our psyche and our planet. 

Inviting deep-time thinking, Eternal Forest asks the question: ‘how can we create long-term protected spaces for deep spiritual connection with nature through art and ecology?

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Host Eternal Forest talk or presentation to help spread the vision. Or suggest a place for Eternal Forest project presentation anywhere in Europe or beyond. This could be an art organisation, a university, a conference, a community group.
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