the sea is not blue / o mar não é azul, 2009


3-channel video installation with sound, TRT 25 min. and map, 10 3/8 x 13 5/8 “

Sound Editor: Mel Metcalfe

Director’s Assistant: Takashi Takeoka

Participants (in chronological order): Orlando Guerreiro, Carlos Alberto Silveira, Suzana Silveira, Humberto Machado, Antonio Henrique Fisher Cordeiro, Leonardo Machado, Francisco do Reis Maduro-Dias, Luis Felipe Silveira, Maria Benevides, Orjana Risch, Isabel do Lerique, Rufino Cordeiro Dias Pereira, Jorge Soares, Alamo Oliveira, Andre Manuel Costa Silveira, Catarina Garcia, Manuela Juliano.


This video was shot in Terceira, one of nine Portuguese Islands of the Azores located in mid-Atlantic, which played an important role in the colonization of the “New World”, including my birthplace in Southern Brazil. The 3-screen installation alternates views of the ocean in differing weather conditions from 37 different points around the island, with a series of a hand flicks through photographic images that reveal my process in making the video, and English captions.The audio juxtaposes sounds of the ocean with voice-over revealing the resident’s relationship to the sea from different perspectives. Through a mapping of my own experience and the islanders’ perception of the sea, "The sea is not blue" reflects on issues of identity, cross-cultural movement and interconnectedness. 


Made with the City of Los Angeles 2008-2009 COLA Individual Artist Fellowship and additional financial support from Direção Regional das Comunidades in the Azores.