CRIPTOSEEDS is a creative project that explores biodiversity.
The exchange of native seeds has existed since the earliest times of humanity, and this is the main motivating principle of the project, which saw us go throughout the country in search of Brazil's rare and ancestral seed genetics. Along with the exchange of seeds, comes the exchange of knowledge, curiosity and information about plants and, consequently, the vast variety of cultures in our country.
We use art and technology as instruments for raising awareness and preserving ancestral knowledge.
Large-scale conventional agriculture is behind the destruction and desertification of native forests. Planting huge areas in the form of monoculture with species such as corn, soybeans or eucalyptus, knowing that the agro-industry has greater predictability of the quantity of that crop, knowing that the crop can be commercialised. However, this planting logic is antagonistic to the foundation of nature, based on diversity and abundance to balance itself.
Each seed contains within itself the possibility of producing food, but also history, genetic memory, culture and meaning.
While guaranteeing sovereignty of native people for generations to come, such as quilombola communities, small farmers in the favelas, seed collectors and all groups who are marginalised by the large industrial production system, we try to pay homage, using photography as a document to the people who inhabit the cyclical chain of nature and who hold the fundamental knowledge about the earth.
I believe that art can be an educational tool in our relationship with the environment.
One of the guiding pillars of the project has always been respect and exchange with the genetic guardian communities that have crossed our path. Seeds has a commitment to the seed guardians involved in the project. Part of the funds raised from the sale of digital art will be reinvested in direct actions for and with the communities involved.