Photo: Filipe Berndt

Rebeca Carapiá is one of participating artists in the 31st exhibition program at Centro Cultural São Paulo, which remains on view until February 27.

The artist presents the installation Topografias da Maré Soterrada [Buried Tide Topographies], a set of 15 iron sculptures and three canvases. “This work is the beginning of the research Um barco feito para afundar [A boat made to sink], which proposes a perspective view of Itapagipe Peninsula territory, in Salvador’s Cidade Baixa, Bahia”, says Carapiá.

Photo: Filipe Berndt

Itapagipe is a basin in Tainheiros inlet where the first Industrial Pole of Salvador was built, later becoming a sanitary landfill, where people – mostly migrants from the Recôncavo Baiano – lived and still live in unhealthy conditions in buildings known as Stilts. It was only in the 50s, after many deaths from poisoning, that the region began to be grounded because of the popular pressure. Faced with environmental and structural crime, its biome and its histories are drowned. In the depths of this land violated by the state and industrialization, there is a daily tension, especially between its residents and the flooding, which happens with any rain.

Photo Filipe Berndt

When I dive myself in the territory where I was born and raised, I try to listen to the tide and the terrain to create, through the encounter between body, memory, ancestry and materialities, topographies, surfaces and cracks, where the twisted iron and the copper of the canvases tell stories and reflect the Environmental Racism suffered by vulnerable territories that constitute the peripheries – at their material and sensitive level”, says the artist.


31º programa de exposições do Centro Cultural São Paulo

Dates: 11.06.2021 a 02.27.2022 / Tuesday to friday, from 10 am to 8 pm / saturday, sunday and holidays, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Where: Rua Vergueiro 1000, São Paulo, Brasil