A NOSA TERRA
A nosa terra is a project which was born after studying ways we could reduce our Co2 emissions and realizing that planting trees in a country on the other side of the world was not the solution nowhere was looking for.
Involving us personally in projects, getting to know the people we work with and having a local impact, is very important to us. It seemed frivolous to say we are carbon neutral by paying a few hundred euros to a company we don't know to plant trees for us in Peru, for example.
This is a project carried out in collaboration with the "Fragas do Mandeo" Foundation and 4 artists who have donated their works for this cause: Vítor Mejuto, Marco Oggian, Blanca Font and Urbru. Through art and fashion, we reflect on a problem that is very present in Galicia, eucalyptus and other invasive species. The printing of the garments has been made by Espacio Matrioska, a collective that is dedicated to artistic creation with different disciplines with a participatory work model of social character. They also carry out management and cultural mediation in the rural environment, more specifically in Os Blancos, Ourense.
10% of the sales of the collection will be donated to the foundation with the aim of desucaliptizar Galicia and return its rainforests.
What will the donation be used for?
- To purchase forest plots where native forest will be restored and preserved.
- To eliminate invasive exotic species in areas of high environmental value.
- To remove waste along the coast and riverbanks.
- To maintain the fauna and flora reserves it has created.
Our forests of carballo (oak) and castiñeiro (chestnut), among other species, have been threatened by a species from Australia, the eucalyptus. This species was introduced to meet the demand of the forestry industry, as it has a very high growth rate. Little by little it spread until it now occupies an area that exceeds the equivalent of about 500,000 soccer fields in Galicia alone.
One of the great problems of eucalyptus is that it dries out the environment as it is a great consumer of water, releases substances that inhibit the presence of other species and its exploitation ends up severely degrading the soil. This reduces the abundance of native species of flora and fauna by creating artificial forests that, according to numerous studies, have 60% less biodiversity than an autochthonous one.
Although eucalyptus plantations capture CO2, the truth is that the carbon captured often ends up being released into the atmosphere due to the fires that have been raging in Galicia for years. They actually favor the spread of fire and even increase its intensity, as their leaves and branches contain essential oils that enhance their flammability, as well as making it difficult for microorganisms to decompose them. The little shade they create allows the growth of gorse and brambles that will increase the severity of fires. On the contrary, mature native forests maintain a humid environment and the shade of their trees limits the growth of undergrowth, becoming real natural firebreaks.
The Fragas do Mandeo Foundation has been buying plots of forest and guarding areas of high environmental value for years with the aim of eliminating the invasive exotic species present in them and returning the rainforests to Galicia. One of the great benefits of these forests is that they help regulate the climate, mitigating the effects of the climate crisis and curbing fires. They also help to create healthy and diverse ecosystems where aquifers are recharged and the carbon they sequester in the atmosphere is safely confined.
Synthesizing is an art in itself and few manage to do it as skillfully as Vítor Mejuto (Barcelona, 1969), an artist living in Galicia and trained in Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca.
Mejuto has a long career as a painter and has exhibited throughout Spain and in places as diverse as New York, Porto, Vienna, Amsterdam, among many others.
His works are part of collections as important as the Parliament of Galicia, Afundación, María José Jove and Camper Foundation.
Urbru is Bruno Alonso Ruiz
His artistic project is based on a simple idea, to paint is to think; but at the same time it is very influenced by other types of actions, such as walking, writing and playing.
Inspired by real experiences of Bruno's life, it evolves with a spirit of learning, relating the person with the place he inhabits (currently the village of Os Blancos, in Ourense) with love and care.
Blanca Font (Seville, 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist who works on video, animation, illustration, graphic design and mural.
She gets her inspiration through movies, comics and objects brought from Chinese stores or just procrastinating watching images from the 2000's on Tumblr. On the other hand, he has a great obsession with color and the search for perfect combinations.
His work has been exhibited in different galleries and festivals around Europe.
Born and raised in Italy, but currently living in Spain, he has worked on more than 150 projects around the world.
Marco wanted to be an illustrator since he was a child. He describes his style as "simple and strong, a 5 year old could do better", and it seems that some of that childlike energy has stayed in his work.
He often uses simple shapes and vibrant colors to stand out and be critical of social and controversial issues. His posters and prints have depicted iconic moments in recent years, from critiques of the Syrian war to the Black Lives Matters riots last June.