Island Shoals

Work developed during Arnis Residency, Germany  (September 2020)

Photo credits: Christian Luerbbert

In his work ‘Island Shoals’, Brazão investigates Arnis as a former island and brings forward the ambiguous state of islands as both welcoming retreat and an exclusionary escape. Taking nautical charts and navigation marks as inspiration, Brazão’s work shows an abstract version of a shoal buoy — a floating device usually serving to reveal reefs, sandbanks and other hazards. Placed between mainland and the formerly flooded area, which used to define Arnis as an island, it neither allows a clear indication of a hazard nor the direction of safe water.