De: Para: (From: To:)
Performance and research project, Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba, Brasil, 2015
Making a work in the public space should always attempt to raise the question What does it stay? Normally a foreign artist come to a new context, present his/her work, and in the end come back to his/her country. What does it stay?
There was two squares in Curitiba that drove my interest in researching about the public memory of the city. On the one hand we have the Praça de bolso do ciclista that was built by the different communities in Curitiba, in the center of the city, becoming one of the strategic points for different communities to live and activate the city public space. On the other hand we have the Praça Zumbi dos Palmares (Zumbi dos Palmares was a key figure on the fight against slavery in Brasil) made by the city government, decentralized 15km from the city center. The problem of decentralizing the Praça Zumbi dos Palmares is that many people from different communities in Curitiba didn't even knew about its existence, which increases the difficulty for many members of these communities to celebrate this key figure, its relevance to Curitiba history and todays continuity of his past actions.
The performance De: Para: (From: To:) tried to look at the ways by which we are led to remember and forget our different collective stories. By performing some ¨technics¨ of history making and by embedding a plate with the name Praça Zumbi dos Palmares at the Praça de bolso do ciclista I tried to respond to the latter question What does it stay? My answer, for now, is that it stayed a permanent mnemonic device (bronze plate) that tries to make a geographical bridge between two squares in Curitiba city, and specially tries to leave questions to be problematized, concerning which histories are made visible and which ones are made invisible, and the consequence of such processes on the ways we look at ourselves and the other members of our communities.
Photo credits: Curitiba Biennial