That’s where it all started. After a very interesting experience with the Collective Entre Linhas, right there in Alta Floresta, in the north of Mato Grosso, the first traits emerged. I began to engender myself in the world of graphic facilitation. Not that I was not interested in drawing beforehand, in fact, many times I got involved with art. From my childhood I was acting in small group pieces in the interior, painting pictures in old age classes and writing poetry. This, of course, still remains (//vertinstantes.wordpress.com/). Music also part, and still does, of my artistic trajectory. The flute accompanied me intensely for a few years, now a little forgotten.
On this journey, I always felt the emptiness of something, the art was not complete on my wish list. I missed inserting it into everyday reality, into my work. And so, unintentionally, I found a path, which initially seemed to be just fun.
By 2015, I began to use the art of graphic facilitation as a political tool. Encouraged by a working friend, within a context still unknown, went to a workshop with social movements, indigenous peoples and traditional peoples and communities, MPF and NGOs. It was in practice (and in the making) that I started to work with this tool politics: THE DRAWING.
The panels materialized the symbols of the oppression and change of life that the installation of the plants represented.
By the drawings people recognized themselves in their social groups. They were fishermen, farmers and indigenous people. The images also present the feeling of unity that the group sought. The metaphor “all in the same boat” became the main symbology of union of the group, from the testimonies presented. Although the phrase was presented several times, the image of its meaning was not clear to those who spoke it. The design and the appearance of the boat and its “crew” generated the feeling of joint work and, at the moment, the symbology materialized.
Subsequently, the “all in the same boat” became the symbol of the group that was to plan for devesa de rights actions. The Teles Pires Forum thus gains its logo by inserting not only farmers, natives and fishermen, but also “barrageiros” workers of the mills. These are also considered affected by the model of contracting reproduced by the mills, which like garimpeiros, wander in search of new dams, migrating from state, city and country, in search of new employment.
And so ends this first political experience as a graphic facilitator.