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Artist / Artista

Evgenia Emets

Curated / Curadoria

In​ês Valle
Dates / Datas

22 Oct – 22 Nov


Online Talks / Conversas

29 Oct 

03 Nov

05 Nov 

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Program / Programa


Venue / Local

Espaço Espelho D'Água 

Belém, Portugal

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Exhibition Text

“When we learn to listen to plants without the need to hear them speak, a language that we have forgotten emerges... This language belongs to plants, and so do the stories...”                                      – Monica Gagliano

The art project ‘SAY MY NAME AND I WILL TELL YOU MY STORY’ explores memories, narratives and stories of Eucalyptus trees, from their indigenous wisdom and meanings, to their use in contemporary Western society. This collaborative project between curator Inês Valle and artist Evgenia Emets, opens with an art installation at Espaço Espelho d'Água in Belém, Lisbon, and a performative storytelling walkabout.  A rich education programme invites audiences to a series of online conversations. 


The CERA PROJECT, presents newly commissioned work by artist Evgenia Emets, curated by Inês Valle, inspired by research in trees and forests. Evgenia Emets explores the link between nature’s biodiversity and human language and culture, narratives around colonisation and decolonisation of nature. This work is rooted in the relationship the artist has developed with the Eucalyptus family during her life in Portugal.  


The storytelling walkabout is an immersive sound walk inviting audiences to connect with the stories of Australian trees told by Indigenous people of Australia. 



Online Conversations



29 October, 19h 

‘Plant intelligence and plant communication’, a hot topic in recent science, changing and challenging the ways we look at plants, offering inspiration and tapping into ancient knowledge verified through modern scientific research. A special edition of Eternal Forest Conversations. 

Guest Speakers: Monica Gagliano and Sarah Abbott.

3 November, 19h 

‘Eucalyptus: Indigenous knowledge’. The Eucalyptus tree has been an integral part of Indigenous culture in Australia, in medicines, food, art, everyday objects, as well as being considered a sacred tree in many tribes. How can we look at the Eucalyptus tree differently in Europe, inspired by the Indigenous wisdom and stories? 

Guest Speakers: Dr Philip Clarke and a special guest.


5 November, 17h 

‘The intangible heritage of forests’. Since the dawn of agriculture we have started looking at forests from a purely utilitarian perspective. What are we missing and how is the value of forests more important than ever for our society?  

Guest Speakers: Ana Maria Monsalve Cuartas and Ana Águas.


SAY MY NAME AND I WILL TELL YOU MY STORY is part of the cultural program VENTO SUL at Espaço Espelho D'Água in October 2020. This project is aimed to make a contribution to the extended cultural programme within the year Lisbon Green Capital 2020. It has the financial support of DGARTES.

Evgenia Emets

Evgenia Emets was born in Poltava, USSR, in 1979,  has lived in Moscow and London and lives in Portugal since 2017. In 2008, Evgenia graduated with a MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art. In 2010 she founded Analema Group arts collective, which explores visual sound. Evgenia has been working on integrating poetry she has been writing since she was 14 into her art practice. She creates works on the intersection of sound and visual poetry through artist books, calligraphy, performance, objects, large scale ecological art. Eternal Forest is an ongoing art project, which marks a transition towards integration of ecological thinking into her art. Selected exhibitions after 2007: 2020 KIMA: Colour, National Gallery London, NGX, UK; KIMA: Noise, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland (postponed); 2019 Eternal Forest: King’s College, Evolving the Forest, Dartington, Portuguese Embassy UK, Cinemateca Portuguesa; KIMA: Noise: Tate Exchange/Tate Modern, UK; KIMA: Voice, RCA, Imperial College, Barbican, UK; 2018 Eternal Forest, Casa do Artista, Gois, Biblioteca Nacional Portugal, Lisbon (over 40 screenings of Eternal Forest film); Kima: Voice, V&A Digital Futures, UK;  2017 A Slice of Time. By Other Means, UK; The Wave, Chelsea College of Art, UK; 2016 Being Silence, Crypt Gallery, UK, The Wave, L’abri Fondation, Geneva, The Wheel, performance and installation, Roundhouse, UK;  2015 Kima, Union Chapel, UK; 2014 Echo of Now, Manezh, Russia; 2011 Root A, The House of the Nobleman, Frieze Art Fair, UK; 2008 108. Museum of Asian Art, Corfu; The Elements of Light, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Art Space 8, Istanbul Contemporary, Manta Ray, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Collections: Artist’s book Eternal Forest is in the collection of the British Library and Gulbenkian Art Library. Evgenia’s visual works and artist’s books are in museums (Stella Art Foundation and MOMA, Russia), libraries (National Poetry Library, UK) and private collections in Russia, UK, Europe and Japan. 

Inês Valle

She is the founder of the CERA PROJECT, a curator and art writer who has been travelling across many countries researching cultures and art practices that fall outside Western contexts. Inês has a particular interest in indigenous arts and sustainable art practices. She has been collaborating with several organisations across the globe, including Canberra Contemporary Art (AU), Centro Cultural Belém (PT), National Museum of Lagos (NIG), and Contemporary Art Museum – Colecção Museu Berardo (PT). 


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