The Landscape Crossing an Ocean

mayra sérgio

This work explores the idea of identity loss in the process of adaptation to a new culture. During a recent trip to my home country, I collected fragments of various types of landscapes; gathering elements that are becoming foreigner to me, and that embody the different and complex textures of Rio de Janeiro. Taken out of context, this (almost) absurd collection of objects (plastic chair, saint statues, bricks, side walk pieces…) and materials (soil, banana tree leaves, acai berries, beach sand…), reflect and picture my personal experience with the city I’m originally from.

In the Netherlands the collected elements went through different techniques of pulverization, becoming the remains of a former identity. The different powders were used as ink and applied with silkscreen onto a paper. By relocating, fragmenting and recomposing these components I intend to appropriate and reconstruct the landscape into new forms creating a meditative metaphor for cultural integration and social adaptation.

This project had the support of: Mondriaan Fonds and Amsterdam Fonds Voor de Kunst.

Photos by: Jessie Yingying Gong, Romy Yedidia and Cyriel Jacobs

© Mayra Sérgio, 2020