2010, London DVD, 03'46'', COL
Direction|Concept: Lara Torres
Photography direction: Matilde Travassos
Editing and Post-production: Mário Carvalhal
Assistance: Vitor Ramalhão
Ongoing project based on experimental and theoretical research that explores the relationship between memory (individual / collective) and clothing in order to translate the formal mechanisms of memory and its inevitable failure. Reminiscences of a material past [anamnese : ruin] by the mimetic evocation of a recognizable fragment - part of an iconic piece of clothing that reflects a direct connection with those who wear / see. Fragments of an object recognized as whole. Related to the space of collective memory [a fragmentary wardrobe] that can be reconstructed by the viewer through the juxtaposition of
the parts. As a "memento-mori" that make us think of death ["Remember you must die"] these objects are
created to remind us of forgetting. The material - wax [highly perishable] - refers to thoughts about our own
mortality [the wax melts, burns], and it is organic [it is implied an organic change inherent in our own bodies];
it interested me as a material-metaphor for memory. Socrates in his "Phenomenology of errors" [Theaetetus]
expresses the absolute necessity for the use of wax by his description of the ability to retain memories,
avoiding their forgetfulness [oubli] and, at the same time, lose them again by continue forgetting, deleting
them or melting them, making them fade [effacing].
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