REFUGE

This is a design that I made with yellow clay on black paper, a work that refers to mourning, but also to struggle. Because even amid the chaos of deaths and suffering of mourning, many people were afflicted by the conflicts and tensions because of the struggle for the territory. At its centre is a person who seems to be leaving, seeking refuge.

I chose this name, because I saw that in this pandemic many people turn to the forests or villages, areas far from the cities to take refuge. So, I see in this pandemic, a mixture of mourning, struggle and refuge.

Arissana Pataxó

Arissana Pataxó

Arissana Pataxó is a visual artist and teacher, and the daughter of Meruka, with whom she learned to cultivate the land, and of Wilson (in memory) with whom she learned to enchant with art. Her artistic production is revealed in various techniques and mediums, and reflects her experiences, her people and other Indigenous peoples. As a teacher, she works in elementary education and with the training of Indigenous teachers. She has a bachelor’s in arts and a master’s in ethnic and African studies from the Federal University at Bahia.