Natural History Museum
I never wrote something for this series, everything about it was always written by other people from questions posed to me. I mean things unsaid about it and I will use my memories to describe it.
This work was the first series I was seeking a balance between my background, both academic and personal. It met my understanding of what I should do with my repertory and how to materialise my intentions. Currently is a constant exercise that is part of what I produce.
When I look at your path, is clear to me how it is important for me. It was from it that I learned that should bring to my production my curiosity to find out how things work and how to modify them to serve the desired purpose for me.
When I studied Biology, unfortunately, I could not complete my graduation, but the most important was that experience I am part of the genome project for 3 years. In the laboratory I learned to organise myself to be disciplined, I learned to be a scientist and take seriously the method of how to do everything. Today I can say that there is no work without a method. This is something for further discussions and not for this text.
The fact is that after I graduated in photography (2006) I still had the disappointment don’t have completed my studies in biology, it still haunts me to being honest.
I’m not good at dealing with things unfinished. So in 2008 I made a brief analysis of how my life would be if I had completed my studies in biology. What would be the way I would have followed?
In a conclusion to this issue, which always called my attention on being a biologist was to sort the environment in which we live. That was enough for me so that I initiated my work to catalogue and this fed it something I did not expect. Something that can be seen in all my work since.
The Natural History Museum is a hybrid series with concepts ranging from ecology and taxonomy to subjective and emotional issues, which are aroused by the way The pictures are shown.
Here I need to explain something first, now when I’m writing about something that happened between 2008 2009, and as much as I am involved with my work, I’m not sure of the sequence to which things happened.
O nce I thought to tell something about our story. Like all my images, they started from the small seeds coming from my dreams. Without knowing how they will be their flowers or how will be the taste of their fruits, I still water it and wait for it all happen. Its fruits are here, bitter for some palates, or exotic for others, it depends on who eats it. For me, I can only sit in its shade and remember how was its route (of the seed of the tree) and reflect and wait for the next seed.
Every year I want to produce more images. I think that is a greater understanding of my craft. This craft has been catalogued and discuss my human role through my work. The act of to save is a constant feeling that accompanies me in everything that I do but also have a need to share and perhaps educate. It is far from a judgment of certain or wrong but in order to highlight elements for further discussion.
In my viewpoint this project we are an organism that is part of a garden, there is grown our collectivity and personality, the whole time the “flowers” are exchanged and repositioned, maintaining the continuity and the composition of our existence in the universe.
In OJardim, the images assume the archetypes in this path, composing a mix of future and past manifested by memories of who we were and projections of what awaits us in future.
I seek to highlight our relationship with death/time, and our relentless pursuit to find out who is the cultivator of this immense garden and what are your reasons for our existence. The main point of this series is the energy that we waste in vain trying to create an antidote to erase the bitter taste caused by we have being subjugated by time imposed by the large “nursery”, to which we belong.
My intend to propose a break, to smooth out this feeling of the eternal present, where we can no longer distinguish the past, the present and the future. Seeking to alleviate the collateral effects of collateral effects this feeling, reminding us that the life is a journey.
Remind us that everything is related to our stay in this “garden”, and all that matters is what we leave for the future.
Disambiguation is the term used in linguistics to refer to the process of explaining the message that has more than one meaning. An ambiguous term is then the one who brings a message or confusing statement and that can be interpreted in more than one way. (Wikipedia)
Always I have questioned things. When I was a boy had a game that I gave own names for the things. It had a sad end: when he began to disrupt my literacy, according to the primary school teacher (I think that she was lying). But when I was 14 years old I decided to rearrange a few words even though at the time didn’t do it on paper. I did it mentally and secretly. I still remember all the words that I invented.
This work is about the names which we give things. But here instead of giving new names things I gave new images for the names. The game is the same but reversed.
In 2013 decided to put this game in practice and chose celestial objects to give them new images. Whenever I think of celestial bodies has in mind the first “thinking men” on earth, is something primitive look at the sky. Something hard to see in a big city today, but imagine how thoughts these early men had when they looked at the sky. The stars and all in the celestial vault caused major events in our society, this awe still is with us, and it moves the science also the philosophy and our dogmas.
After I thought about it, I determined that I would make polípticos. Which by definition, are images that are subject to an only theme. In this game of words and image, this project through repetition questions our current ratio reading the images. A panorama of bombing information and a significant loss of understanding on the reading of these images. Each day we produce more images, but each day we lose the ability to read and understand them.
The narrative presented here has order redeem my childish curiosity of naming things added to my intention to slow the rhythm that we are reading the images. To present a proposal of expanded time where each image takes us to our personal and things that one day we left off.