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Localized Anger: uranium and scopolamine

Granite stones used for construction, branches and flowers from Brugmansia Arborea
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2021

Granite stones were found in different places whose particular social history would be attached with women and colonial subjects' struggles in the city of Porto.

Military institutions, monuments, former prisons, among others would be visited. After stones were taken away from these sites, they were wrapped in flowers and branches of the plant Brugmansia Arborea, original from South America, which is catalogued as "invasive" in Portugal.

While granite stones have small traces of uranium among their metal components, the angel's trumpet -Brugmansia- plants have as one of their main alkaloids substantial amounts of scopolamine (originally isolated as an anesthetic), specially in the fruit and leaves.

The title's focus on these two components from the mineral and vegetal realms address their raw power and agency, beyond their instrumentalization by military applications in espionage tactics and warfare. 

Installation for the show "The Hour Before Sunset" curated by Juan Luis Toboso at Galeria Municipal do Porto

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