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In her latest project Sacred Forests, Anna Nunes focuses on natural resources that are maintained and protected by spiritual beliefs and practices by the people inhabiting the surrounding area. In 2017 Nunes lived and worked with the Fulani people of the Boé sector (Guinea-Bissau, West-Africa) on the conservation of their spiritual forests. Through paint on canvas, Nunes translates her experiences. With her paintings, she gives voice to their way of life as well as its emerging challenges. These artworks have been exhibited in the Netherlands and in 2023 in Belgium (Art in the Park curated by Ernest Van Buynder, Honorary Chairman Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and Natania Dan, Curator Jewish Museum Amsterdam). With her project, Nunes has had the opportunity to co-create outstanding results, such as the preservation of the animist forests in the Boé, and so also the biodiversity and ancient rituals of people living in this area.

The coloniality of gender

Since 2023 Nunes has been focusing on a new project in which she exposes the consequences of the slavery past in gender.

New work

In 2023 and 2024 Anna Nunes received a project grant from the fund of Cultuurparticipatie and travelled to São Tôme. The Portuguese colonised São Tôme and the Dutch played a major role in the island’s colonisation and slave trade. In São Tôme, Anna resided with SOMA, Surfers Proud of African Women. An organization that works against the deprived position of women in societies that have been colonized. On the island, SOMA organizes initiatives to empower women and provides support to victims of physical and sexual abuse. E.g. surf therapy for trauma treatment, a method prescribed by the English and French health services.

In drawings and large-scale oil paintings, Nunes incorporates the insights gained. Herein, the story of Santomese women is central and represents the deprived position of women as a result of the (Dutch-Portuguese) slavery past.