These interactive sculptures will change as they are manipulated, and will look different every time they are returned to a stationary position. Viewers are invited to interact with the Embracers sculptures. The embracers were first shown at a pop up exhibition inspired by A R E A Gallery’s director, David Guerra and I's missing our respective home countries and cultures. Brazil, the country I grew up in, has been going through a worsening political crisis, in many ways similar to the one in North America. To better understand these sculptures, it is important to mention Carnaval, perhaps the largest countrywide Brazilian cultural manifestation, and a collective state of trance. It is a moment of softening the boundaries of self, where collective catharsis is experienced and embraced. It is a time to celebrate, not any particular achievement or success, but perhaps the very simple/complex fact of existence. It is also a time of fierce political critique and satire. The acts of hugging and loving, caring and standing together become themselves political acts of defiance. That is how the Embracers came to be - an attempt to manifest even the smallest flicker of the collective catharsis that is Carnaval.
 
Brazilian Culture, with all its contradictions and challenges, stands strong in sweet glittery bliss. 

​In our adult lives it seems like we do not get to experience playfulness enough, especially in these stressful times we currently live in, where bad news seem to be the norm. It is incredibly satisfying to briefly create spaces of transgressive enjoyment, and I daresay Temporary Autonomous Zones. Moments for coming together and not only enjoying art, but also each other's
company and shelter.
 
As the poet Ferreira Gullar would say "Distraídos Venceremos" (Distracted we shall triumph).
 
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