Maria Lucia Cruz Correira

Correia's artistic work speaks her deep engagement for environmental issues. She reacts to the ecological crimes of our times by bringing audiences into a participatory environment that connects the artistic with the voices of scientists, activists and lawyers. Her actions tackle utopian healing by proposing clinical esthetics that unveil human and non-human interconnectivity. Correia's work is informed by contemporary discourses on the anthropocene, colonialism of nature, climate change and pollution. Correia proposes participatory articulations by creating temporary autonomous platforms which create moments of disruption and harmony between seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge, cultural traditions, resilience, value systems and social transformation.

Maria Lucia Cruz Correira: The voice of nature

An artistic proposal for Environmental justice

The voice of nature is a site-specific mobile court piece, in which we investigate the crime of ecocide and the possibility of creating a new proposal for the justice- system as an answer to the current vacuum in the environmental crime system. We are experimenting with the interconnectedness of a conventional court, restorative justice and transformative processes as a way to unveil the hidden stories of traumatic environments and its correlation to colonialism and power. In our post-anthropocentric trial, we propose a new type of “verdict”, in which humans and non-humans will come to a collective language focused on inter-being, intersectionality and restoration.

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