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Students participate in research of book launched by professor 

Small guide to modernist botany was part of the research carried out by scholars 

  • Published: Thursday, 18 March 2021, 13h19
  • Last updated on Monday, April 12, 2021, 13h44

The teacher of Campuses São Paulo Ana Carolina Carmona, from the Architecture and Urbanism course, launches on the 25th, the Little guide to modernist botany, whose research had the participation of three scholarship students of Scientific Initiation.    

According to the author, the doctoral research, which culminated in the book, included theoretical, historical and also practical research, which consisted of "botanical-pictorial" or "botanical-literary" surveys in drawings, paintings, projects, photographs and literary texts of the modernists of São Paulo. “The students' contribution came from the research of IC, in which they studied in detail the works of some of the artists and landscapers, analyzing them and surveying the plants that appear in their works, whether they are paintings, drawings or prints, or gardens ”, he reports.    

Three IC students from the Architecture and Urbanism course participated in the research: Bianca Nascimento Carboni, who studied the work of landscaper Mina Klabin, William Assis, who delved into the landscape work of the artist and architect Flávio de Carvalho, and Luísa Chiapinotto, responsible for studying the series "Mangue" by Lasar Segall. Former student Camilla Freitas, already formed, was part of the team, helping in the production and dissemination of the book.   

Bianca, who was already interested in landscaping, points out that the professor's guidance provided her with a great deal of knowledge, which can now be shared with other interested parties. "It is gratifying to see the research continue, going beyond the university and contributing to the creation of the guide". 

William reveals that he liked the research he conducted under the guidance of Professor Ana so much that his final course work will be an unfolding of the studies he carried out in his CI. "It brought me experiences and knowledge that I consider transforming in my academic life. I searched through inventories of rare works, I visited collections dedicated exclusively to the subject, and above all I understood how to carry out scientific research. It was an experience that only increased my passion for landscaping", evaluates. 

Ana praises the participation of students: "pFor me, counting on their participation was essential, as it is the doubts, questions and discoveries they raise that stimulated me to do my doctorate and choose this topic. I realized that we know very little about the history of landscaping in Brazil, and that it could combine my great interest in botany and art with studies on landscaping ”, he reveals.     

The book, the author analyzes, is interdisciplinary, moving between art history, landscaping, botany and literature, and contributes, above all, to the field of landscaping in Brazil, especiallyeespecially for the history of our landscaping, still little explored and known.   

 About the book  

No guide 19 species of vegetation are presented: there are native plants and also exotic naturalized Brazilian plants (species from all over the world, which, like railways, automobiles and skyscrapers, come to outline our modernity); there are species from Mexico and Central America (which speak of the modernist search for the roots of Brazil, prior to colonization); there are the noble plants, which serve to beautify the great city, and the humble plants, which feed the people of the fields or the forest; and there are even plants that, normally dismissed as "bush", go through modernism to make explicit an intense and conflicting dimension of the man-nature relationship.  

 The choice of the species to be presented was driven by the works of the artists who almost 100 years ago (in the Week of Modern Art of 1922) inaugurated the so-called “São Paulo modernism”.  

More information about the book at https://www.instagram.com/botanicamodernista/


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