The artwork is been exhibited at Cedla, the Center for Latin-American Studies in Amsterdam from 08 December 2017 until 20 January 2018.
“QUEM INVENTOU A FOME SÃO OS QUE COMEM (Who invented hunger are those who eat)”
Writer Carolina de Jesus (1914-1977), a black woman who lived in extreme poverty when began to write, pronounced the phrase above in the 60s. Her words are mirrored by the world-famous statement of President Lula da Silva in his inauguration (Jan/2003) about his desire for “everyone to eat 3 meals a day”. Carolina is a symbol of a country rooted in 300 years of slavery and represents the Brazilian colossal inequality as much as Lula da Silva, a former Brazilian Northeast migrant who suffered hunger.
Brazil has experienced real progress fighting poverty during the last 13 years of leftist governments, when 45 million people rose from poverty and Lula’s dream came true. However in 2016 the Brazilian privileged classes – “those who eat” – decided to reinvent hunger and deposed, by means of a coup, the democratically elected president Dilma Rousseff, hauling the country into chaos, awakening all kinds of fascism and fostering the pillage of the country by the international capitalism.
Albert Eckhout (c.1610–1665) was an artist born in Groningen who arrived with the Dutch invasion of the Northeast of Brazil in the 17th century. The exuberance of his still-lives depicting the Brazilian fruits and vegetables speaks of the foreigner eye, remembering the eternal outsider lust for the native abundance. The fruits of the earth sensually represented by the Dutch artist are both the dream and the paradox of Brazil.
Neyde Lantyer, 2017.