Between 2017 and 2018 I made trips to Japan and the backwood of Ceará. The routes in Japan was made carring with me a dress that my grandmother, Carmelina, sewed in Ceará, where she lived almost all her life. The fabric was spun by her with the cotton planted by my grandfather, Filemon. In the 70's, both migrated to São Paulo, due to drought. Months later, Carmelina died hited by a car.
In search of finding Carmelina's soul, I cross the world until Japan, where I enter the Shinto cultural roots linked to the values of the land and nature, and respect for ancestors. Finally, I travel to the backwood of Ceará, along with my grandfather Filemon, in search of the abandoned clay house where they lived.
From the tracks, remains, and cracks I propose a connection between the Brazilian backwood (known as “sertão”) and Japan. The backwood as the east, the east in its deep drought; Japan as a backwood of arid soils, efforts to sprout. I am interested in extending and displacing the territorial understanding, constituting non-linear relations about memory. Looking at these two diasporas, I seek to constitute unique readings that return to understandings about the still, starting from personal experiences translated into aesthetic experiences.