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golden thoughts
video | colour | sound | loop | 2009

A one-minute video featuring a repetitive action which is somewhat absurd and deviates from normality.
A female character wearing red shoes and a man’s suit continuously repeats the same action until there is a sudden cut.One notes that this character represents a personality that it simply does not fit into.  The backdrop is s black and white floor, similar to a chessboard, a hierarchical game of strategy and power, where this power can be questioned.
The whole setting reflects the idea of a strange children’s game, the plot, the suit, the floor pattern and the golden box with which the character plays, even though it is her toy contains all her thoughts that cannot be revealed/released,contrary to the discipline instilled during her upbringing always viewing her integration in society. In spite of, “(…) we need to take into account that any explanation of human behavior must involve reference to irreducible intentional entities such as “beliefs” and “desires”, since expectations and preferences are what guide human decision making in a wide range social activities, such as politics and economics.”  the wish, the preferences, the expectations our upbringing is somewhat formatted with the objective of integrating us in a society that is till today ruled by the male sex, by the political and economic power, by a hierarchical formula which is presented to us at a very tender age and with which we learn to socialize with.

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portable memory
sculpture in fabric, sound & posters  | 2009

The temporary movement/transfer of the space that we consider as our haven, our shelter makes us miss that space which features as a departure and arrival point, like a port/harbour.
The conception of this item is based on the notion of movement, of living in places other than “ours”, on the concept of inhabiting – an inborn or acquired concept; it also arises from the need to recreate space: a haven that can be transported to other places, like as if a second layer of skin.
In a 1970’s house a false ceiling was built in the entrance hall with the single objective of storing the memories of those who lived in the house – thus making use of a void space.  This space was built in 1988 by all those that would use it to keep their mementos.
Similarly to all attics, spaces where we store memories, this one was also forgotten.  It was just opened to take out or place something there but very rapidly. In 2007 on one of those days in which nostalgia invades us, when we just want to recall moments of the past, the sketches of the various studies for the construction of this rather complex space were found amongst many other forgotten objects. By analysing these sketches one understands that it was a long-term project.  A well thought out idea that would not be perceived by strangers and would feature as the ideal hideaway, just like Gaston Gaston Bachelard describes in Poetics of Space, when he speaks of the space to live in, “In every dwelling, even the richest, the first task of the phenomenologist is to find the original shell”.
The existential, dwelling space is considered as something, which is not lifeless, it is something that transcends the geometry of space; above all it is full of life.
Following Gaston Bachelard’s line of thought, the recreation of this hideaway of memories made of a malleable material, easy to shape and transport with life beyond the geometricity afforded by the architectural lines which are predominantly used in a rigid manner that cannot be shaped. This reproduction contradicts the concept of shelter, house, hideaway because it is made of cloth like a tent – somewhat fragile which intends to exist and endure like a space within living spaces.

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maquette and last presentation of portable memory

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unfinished property

prints and drawing on verona paper | 2009

The idea of property right assumes utmost importance in the history of human lived experience. If we recall the reason for the conflicts between peoples we understand that in most cases the main objective of said conflicts was the conquest of land associated to the demonstration of power.
These conflicts persist even today, with the same objectives, but as time goes by the outcome of the conquests comes to light – abandonment; now we have ruins.
The ruins depict a different type of landscape, they are part of it, be it in or outside the city. My fascination for ruins arises from my desire to restore them, to know all about their past and revive them. As it is not possible to recover their history and the actual space, I contemplate the pictures and stop deterioration in time at that very moment when I capture the image.
In this specific work the idea was to demonstrate the feeling described above, that of stopping deterioration in time and that my memory may endure.  And if the image became blurry I would restore it with strokes. Restoring with the drawing becomes somewhat more physical and once again I contemplate the picture which I know in detail and recall all its past until the moment the image was captured.

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