Teologia Natural is a work-research project by Brazilian artist Alina d’Alva Duchrow started in 2018, which investigates a past historical event made invisible by official discourses: the exploitation of latex in the Amazon rainforest during the late nineteenth century and during World War II and the strategies orchestrated by the power of the state and international industry to get the labor needed to obtain latex in large quantities.
Hevea culture made the fortunes of large societies and marked one of the most dramatic periods of European colonialism. The rubber capitalists, for profit, used inhumane strategies that included slave labor, the use of child labor, as well as torture, murder and abuse of women. A reality that continues to exist today with latex exploitation in Asian countries.
In her first solo exhibition in Morocco, Alina d’Alva Duchrow shows a body of videos, drawings and installations. One part of the work is a “denunciation”, which enunciates, recalls and, by recalling, re-members a collectively traumatic event. This denunciation is made through visual narratives that stitch together scattered historical facts, the artist’s biographical crossings, and fragments of life stories. We speak here of a “Curse” that, due to the greed of some, has created disconnection, isolation, imprisonment, and death for many.
Guided tour and artist talk with Alina d’Alva Duchrow
4 November at 6pm