Testing Grounds
13—14 May Free


See Brazil through Amazonas eyes.

This project represents Brazil in a different way to the western lens of colonialist photos you often see. It educates viewers of the traditional knowledge of its environments (known as lendas)–its rivers, plants and cultural practises.

Aîkugûabeté is Tupi language for the Portuguese expression, sou muito grato (I’m very grateful). The voices you hear and imagery you see tell the real story of Brazil: a land that is diverse and rich in history, culture and landscapes.

João Marco Deloie is a Brazilian-German emerging artist with a background in photography and video. Originally from regional Queensland, Deloie is now based in Melbourne and is undertaking a Bachelor of Screen Production at Swinburne University of Technology, co-majoring in Film Production and Indigenous Studies.

Dates & Times

  • Thu 13 May 6pm
  • Fri 14 May 1pm


  • Free entry

No registrations required

Key Artists

João Marco Deloie (Brazil)


  • Photographer, text, translations: João Marco Deloie
  • Text, translations, DJ, guest speaker: Mathew O’Brien
  • Text, Translations: Amanda Nascimento


Adult concepts

Additional Info

Presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival with support from Testing Grounds.

Aîkugûabeté is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and a City of Melbourne COVID-19 arts grant.

The artist wishes to thank Matthew O’Brien, Louis Grope, Amanda Nascimento, Maya Hodge, Elizabeth Deserbelles and Thirds Printing for their contributions to Aîkugûabeté. The artist also thanks their friends Madruga and Raquel for hosting them in Manaus.

Photo by João Marco Deloie