REFLECTIONS FOR GUANABARA BAY
Brooklyn, New York
+ sound score by Keller McDivitt
+ 2 live fish
+ video projection
+ 1200 matches
+ 1200 plastic bags
+ fishing hooks
On June 24th and 25th 2012 the bodies of human rights defenders Mr. Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Mr. João Luiz Telles Penetra were found dead.
João Luiz Telles Penetra's body was found on the banks of Guanabara Bay by employees of a shipyard. The fisherman's corpse was bound at his hands and feet by rope. The previous day, at around midday, the body of Almir Nogueira de Amorim was found tied to his boat. He had bruises on his neck and the boat had several holes in the hull.
Almir Nogueira de Amorim and João Luiz Telles Penetra, or "Pituca" as he was known, were both leaders of the Associação Homens do Mar – AHOMAR (Association of Sea Men) which was set up in 2009 to defend the rights of the fisher-folk working in Rio de Janeiro, and particularly those affected by the construction of a gas pipeline for Petrobras. Since the founding of the organization its members have reported being subjected to death threats, physical attacks and killings. According to AHOMAR's members, the attacks are perpetrated by people linked to death squads, security guards hired by the companies in charge of building pipelines and militias operating in the region. Guanabara Bay was also subjected to 1.3 Million liters of oil in 2000 after an underwater pipeline leaked. The oil smothered birds, sandy beaches and mangroves.
This performance is for the activists in Guanabara Bay, the Amazon and all those who have been unjustly slain for attempting to uphold civic rights in Brazil.