Jorgge Menna Barreto presents a version of his durational project Environmental Sculpture, culminating in a mural at Bluecoat and a publication. The publication, Enzyme #2: Life Systems (2021), anchors on Menna Barreto’s research-based practice focussing on how our environment is shaped by what we eat and how we live. Bluecoat’s external wall space on Blundell Lane provides the backdrop for mural, Mauvaise Alphabet (2021). Interested in reorienting our relationship with the natural environment, the mural entangles drawings of common weeds found in Liverpool, creating a community of plants which are mostly invisible and many times unwelcome – even though they play a vital role in the ecosystem. Both the publication and the mural are produced in collaboration with other artists and thinkers, including Liverpool John Moores University students and local mural artist, Anna Jane Houghton.
Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial with support from the British Council and Catherine Petitgas.