Yacunã Tuxá

(this page was last updated in May 2024)

Floresta, Brazil, 1993
Lives and works in Salvador, Brazil

PIPA Prize 2024 nominee

Sandy Eduarda S. Vieira was born in 1993, in Floresta, city of Pernambuco, Brazil. However, Yacunã was only born when art crossed the threads of memory and the Enchanted people renamed her “Daughter of the Earth”.

“I am indigenous to the Tuxá de Rodelas people, in Bahia, I grew up in the hinterland close to the waters of the São Francisco River and the flowers of the Caatinga. Daughter of a teacher mother, farmer father. Youngest among four brothers. I am the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of chiefs, shamans and of women who carried within them melodies, words and winds of healing. In my work, I approach my identity with the strength of so many roots. I articulate different creative languages ​​to account for the complexity of being an original woman. I paint, I illustrate, I write words-memory, I sink my hands into the clay, research and sharpen my gaze to propose a curation attentive to the artistic productions made by indigenous people from the Northeast of Brazil. Art is my fighting tool, my arrow. I seek with my art to walk through previously unlikely spaces for indigenous people, I seek to awaken the eyes of unsuspecting people who don’t know their own history”.

Website: instagram.com/yacunatuxa/

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