Elsa Leydier — LUT-O-A
2023, special edition by Elsa Leydier
Fine art print on Hemp Hahnemühle paper
A print-out page of decrees that authorises deforestation of the Atlantic Forest
Image size: 29,7 x 21 cm
Edition of 20
Signed / numbered in verso
€ 350,- unframed
€ 450,- framed (on request)
This is a special edition from the project LUT
OA, and art- and a feministic street collage project practiced by a collective founded by Elsa Leydier in Brazil. Leydier presents imagery of the lush Atlantic forest, a precious but extremely threatened ecosystem: only 8% of the surface that covered Brazil at the time of the Portuguese invasion remains. The title of the project transforms the Portuguese word for mourning “luto” into “luta,” meaning “fight.” With LUT OA Leydier hopes to address the struggle against capitalist projects that destroy ecosystems.
The construction of the new industrial port Porto Sul is currently underway, further destroying acres of the Atlantic Forest and seabed (on the migration path of whales). Thousands of local jobs and livelihoods are being threatened. With LUT
OA, Leydier speaks of the raise against such injustice and points to the connection of climate change to the economy. With this work, framed by ecofeminism, Leydier opens a conversation on how environmental issues do not exist in a vacuum, but cross paths with other forms of injustice.
In this project, the photographs of the threatened Atlantic forest are juxtaposed with pages of decrees that authorise this deforestation. Together with the special edition print, a printout page of such decree is also included.