As a response to the current investment in large hydroelectric dams as a basis for Brazil’s ‘sustainable’ economic growth, Costs addresses the impacts these endeavours have had on both the environment and people. Director Marilene Ribeiro surveys three hydro schemes that have happened at different times in Brazil (the past – the Sobradinho dam; the present – the Belo Monte dam; and the future – the Garambi-Panambi dam complex). The video engages with situations in which the impacts caused by dams emerge in a more sensitive way; for example, when participants in her project (individuals who have been affected by these ventures) draw, sing, or speak about their feelings and their interpretations of their lived experience. (20 mins – 2018)
Marilene Ribeiro is a Brazilian artist and researcher whose practice is focused on identity and contemporary issues, especially those that tackle the relationship between human beings and other elements of nature, bringing together photography, intervention, and collaboration. Ribeiro’s projects engage with the politics of art and the role of image-based media in society. Amongst other prizes and grants, she has been shortlisted for the Arles Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award, the Marilyn Stafford Foto Reportage Award, and has been awarded the Royal Photographic Society Award, the CNPq PhD Scholarship Grant, and the International Art Residency Grant (Lab-MIS) by the Brazilian Museum of Image and Sound.
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