Cycle "Poetic or Political?", curatorship by João Baeta
To get to the puddle from the side of the house, whether we pass through the greenhouse or go around it from the outside, we always have to pass under the fig tree.
Although this tree is already twelve years old, its presence only has a place in my memories when I started to pick its figs three years ago.
Until that moment, I didn't like figs.
Today, whenever I visit her during the month of September, I climb to the roof of the shack - walls next to the puddle -, to be accompanied by all the ripe fruit within arm's reach. I go down, back to the house, eat and share - that's how I got the taste for them.
Since then, if I think of the puddle, I think of the fig tree, and if I think of the fig tree, I think of the hens that live in its shade. The hens are the most privileged: all the figs that fall and all the shells of those that pass through the human mouth, are theirs. It is for this reason that I believe their eggs are the best eggs in the world.
I speak to you of the real that so often borders on the absurd because it is exactly this place, so full of images, smells, touches, ways of doing and being, that is the first place of everything I produce.
Running stitch, running tales.
Rita Senra (Barcelos, 1993) lives and works in Oporto. She has a degree in Plastic Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. In 2015, under the Eramus+ programme, she joined the studio of Jiřího Příhody - Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze, Czech Republic. He develops his artistic work in the areas of drawing and installation, giving rise to both solo and group exhibitions since the year 2014. She is a member of Sismógrafo, a cultural space in Porto, since 2016.
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