TIME SPLICING LOOP_00.09778. 17” : <<_ it shapes the hollow spaces_>> is part of an ongoing research project by Ana Guedes. The long term project stems from an investigation into family archives of records and books, some of it censored materials by Portuguese dictatorship.
<<_it shapes the hollow spaces_>>
This archive became a fragmentary map of displacement and witness to a complex moment in Portugal’s contemporary history, with the Carnation Revolution, the fall a Fascist regime, independency process and war with its Colonies.
This project intends to uncover the fractal ramifications of the Colonial and Post-Colonial history tracing the almost invisible threads that weave a rotting carcasses of a ship named Karl Marx that lies rusting on a beach in Angola and a family archive of records and books on Marx and Marxist-Leninist philosophy, salvaged fleeing the Civil war.
The point of resonation of these two entities is where this story unravels.
The rotting cargo ship named Karl Marx serves as a metonymical mirage, a vanishing fossil that drags with it a mammoth history of centuries of Colonial occupation and lies in a beach as a testament to a long civil war. These strips of land, accumulate hundreds of other confounding wrecks, strange meta-narrative witnesses of bygone hegemony struggles witch are metabolised in a multi-channel sound piece and video installation.
Ana Guedes is an Artist born in Portugal and based in the Netherlands. Her research follows a body of works that follow a fragmented family history and it’s overlap with the political entanglements of European Colonial and Post-Colonial narratives. Ana explores historical layers by integrating public and private material, addressing the collective memory and its sonic substance.
It is within the framework of a vocabulary of metabolic sonic devices, technologies and performative gestures that Ana reflects and explores the capacity for sound and music to convey the complex political and social constructs embedded within the archive.
Visit the exhibition
TAC will open its doors again from Friday 11 June. Visit ‘TIME SPLICING LOOP_00.09778. 17” and three other exhibitions on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays between 14.00-18.00. A reservation for your visit to TAC is not necessary.
Exhibition ‘TIME SPLICING LOOP_00.09778. 17” : <<_ it shapes the hollow spaces_>>’ by Ana Guedes is made possible by fundings of Mondrian Fund and Stokroos Funds.