Alfeo Sanches Pereira & Eneti Waretini – A Natural Resource Curse
Site Number: 16
Site Location: Charcoal Lane alleyway, Little Napier st (beside Charcoal Lane)
Artwork Title: A Natural Resource Curse
Artist: AlfeoSanches Pereira & Eneti Waretini
A Natural Curse is a social commentary on the current maritime boundary dispute between Australia and Timor-Leste. Alfeo’s animation addresses themes of powerlessness, corruption and injustice, unpacking the remnants of conflict still gripping his country.
Alfeo Sanches Pereira is a Timorese artist who utilises various media including painting, illustration, photography and music. Born in 1984 in Tutuala, a small village in the far east of Timor-Leste, Alfeo grew up in the height of the Indonesian Occupation. As it was dangerous to leave home, and in order to keep him close, his mother taught him to draw. In 2004, in a newly-independent Timor-Leste, Alfeo joined Arte Moris Free Art School where he developed his talents and passion for fine art.
In 2010 Alfeo exhibited new works and painted Melbourne’s laneways as part of the launch of Peace of Wall: Street Art from East Timor. Alfeo was a lead artist in Animatism for the 2014 Gertrude Street Projection Festival, the collective exhibited a moving projection work that explored notions of dreaming. The work won the 2014 Walker Abercrombie Judge’s Award. Alfeo has exhibited in solo and collective exhibitions in Dili, Australia and Switzerland.
Eneti Waretini is a Melbourne based Multimedia artist who creates video and projection works for a variety of Australian musicians including 360 and Pataphysics. In 2014 Eneti was the Head Visual Coordinator and Projection Artist for Melbourne Music Week.