Through my art I want to create an homage to the precious cultures of the world’s indigenous communities. To me, indigenous communities are a great example for our Western Society and their knowledge, wisdom and traditions extremely needed to recover our health, peace and connection with one another to let our world flourish again.
Anna Nunes (1993) is a Dutch-Portuguese artist, working and living in the Netherlands. Anna has a background in Nature Conservation and Biology and due to her love for nature and the African continent, she traveled several times to Africa with the simple desire to protect its natural habitats.
During her last journey in 2017, Anna traveled to the Boé region, one of the most remote and isolated areas of Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. This to conduct a project on the importance of sacred forests of indigenous communities in order to safeguard their natural habitats and their way of living.
What started out as a simple desire to protect the world’s natural habitats and people developed into a deep love for humanity. Her months-long stay with different local communities turned out to be a unique experience. It showed Anna how groups of people can maintain and have maintained diversity and harmony within their societies and the tools they use to do so. It showed her the great example these people can be to us and what we can learn from them to diffuse power and bring quality and harmony to our society.
After returning from West Africa, Anna devoted her passion for art as a tool to raise awareness about these communities. With portraits of the people she has met, Anna wants to capture a part of humanity that is on the verge of disappearing. Besides creating a visual ode to the majesty and the fragility of these people, Anna has the goal to show our Western society the importance of indigenous knowledge, culture and traditions. These communities may show us how to establish meaningful connections to each other and the world around us. In addition, they may help explore new ideas around health, sustainability, conflict resolution and decision making. Anna believes in the importance to mix and combine wisdom, knowledge and skills of indigenous to find ways of living respectfully, connected, and sustainable with each other and our planet.