Altamira 2042 (2019)

Guerrilheiras (2015)

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Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha is an actress, director and researcher. For the past 5

years, the artist has developed the ”Riverbank Project: about rivers, buiúnas and

fireflies, an art research dedicated to listening and amplifying the testimony of

Brazilian rivers that are living an experience of catastrophe. This project was

conceived as a response to the Anthropocene, defined here as "the moment when men cease to fear catastrophe to become the catastrophe themselves".


The first stage was created from the testimony of Araguaia River and was held in

2015 with the play Guerrillas or for the land there are no missing persons about the

women who fought in the Araguaia Guerrilla Group. After shown in Rio de Janeiro, São

Paulo, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Brasília, in the year of 2019, the play was

presented in nine cities in the region where the conflicts actually took place. For a

month and a half we held presentations, workshops and debates.


In 2019 she premiered at the International Theatre Festival – MITsp the performance

installation "Altamira 2042”, the second stage of this research project, this time

created from the testimony of the Xingu River about the catastrophe caused by the

Belo Monte hydroelectric dam.


The artist has been awarded by the Faperj Scholarship to Encourage Artistic Creation,

Experimentation and Research, as well as the Funarte Artistic Training Scholarship,

the Oi Futuro Artsônica Residency and Prince Claus Foundation and Goethe Institute

Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change.


In her theater and cinema career, she has worked with directors such as Ariane

Mnouchkine, Georgette Fadel, Cibele Forjaz, Grace Passô, Eryk Rocha and Heitor



In 2019 she won the award for best supporting actress at the Rio Film Festival.