The Portuguese word “saudade” is difficult to translate to other languages. It mixtures the soledade or the solitude of the lovers that are separated, the introspective aspect of the spleen, or even the nostalgia of the regret. A complex feeling, the “saudade” can be at the same time joy, solitude and sadness caused by a lost person, situation or object that is always projected to return in a near future. The word has a deep relation with Portuguese and Brazilian History but is also an universal feeling.
I’ve been working on a series called Da Saudade for some years now, using photography, video and text, and having the sea and water as elements that materialize the abstracts aspects of the invisible wires of memory and time.
The work Da Saudade | diptych is a videoloop of 1’ 06” that was idealized to be shown as a video installation in a darkroom with a good sound system and a bench. It was made between 2012/2014 in my research at the Azorian community at Santa Catarina, south of Brazil. Having as background the limitless space of the sea, the boat here is a symbol of crossing, a symbol of the journey of our existence through the waters of life.