Como se constrói o tempo [How time is built]
Alexandra Ungern, Bina Monteiro, Claudio Souza, Marcelo Colares, Pedro Serliatec and Tiago Marchitiello
“Now imagine how long a billion years lasts! At that time, there were no big animals, only snails and shells. And if we go back even further in time, we won’t even find plants. The whole earth was desolate and empty. There was nothing: no tree, no bush, no grass, no flower, not a single green leaf. A sea without fish, without shells and even without slime. And what do the waves say? Once upon a time.”
Ernest H. Gombrich. Brief history of the world. São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2012.
More than a given, time is a perception. A logical deduction within remarkable cycles of the natural universe. Human memory undoubtedly founds the marking of time, for good and for bad. In the set of these artists’ individual narratives, How time is built seeks to promote a temporal understanding like that of the surface of a lake agitated by the myriad of drops brought by the rain. In this allegory, each artistic act would be a drop of rain and the waves, which reverberate, collide and reconfigure, serve as an allegory to history. To what can be perceived from his time and the voices that remain silent because they do not know how to speak. Each work, in its own way, present in the exhibition space, recalls and reinvents the lost past, found in memory.