Laranjas2019-04-24T08:52:54+00:00

Project Description

Ai Deus e u e?

ai Deus e u é?!

sou laranja e sou algarvia

sumarenta, perfumada, o meu perfume inibria

sou trisneta daquela outra que veio da Pérsia 

e se chamava naranj

essa um pouco mais amarga

a que os romanos chamaram citrus auratium linn

do meu lado paterno tenho sumo asiático

foi o meu padrinho Vasco da Gama quem primeiro me experimentou

ai Deus e u é?!

como tudo neste mundo, sou híbridida

sou também a mãe

de todas as outras que desde o Algarve ao Brasil 

por aí viajam citrus sinensis linn

estou ligada aos descobrimentos, à navegação

e a migração faz parte do meu vocabulário

ai Deus e u é?!

sou na verdade um fruto aristocrático mas sem pretensões

hoje…. por vezes tão desprezada

maltratada, ignorada, substituída

ontem tão elevada, tão exportada, tão reconhecida, 

hoje….. quase esquecida

ai país que me olhas e não me vês

que me comes e não me sentes

que me acaricias e não me ouves

ai Deus e u é?!

ai Deus e u é?!

 

Laranjas

Tableau Vivant or Memento Mori 

This site–specific installation was held between the months of June and September 2008 in a XVII century Fort in Lagos – Portugal, a place marked by the history of commercialisation of goods and of people. Although Portugal has served as a crossing between Europe and Africa for millennia, it was the maritime expansion of the fifteenth century that gave rise to its widespread colonial claims throughout Africa.  Lagos was the first place in Europe where slaves were landed, and from where slaves were subsequently exported across Europe and the Americas.

The original concept for Laranjas came from the historical connection between London and the importation of oranges from Portugal via the Azores. Ships from there would sail up the Thames, carrying oranges and “Verdelho” a desert wine from the islands. 

The orange is a fruit that characterizes and says “Portugal”, initially taken from Persia as a bitter orange, and later, from Mandarin… a sweet version, the hybridization of these two varieties gave birth to the first orange trees that were exported throughout the globe. Thus, the orange is more than a metaphor for a world where migration, dislocation and displacement, conflicts and disputes are present and where the demarcation of territories together with globalization, are second nature.

In Laranjas Tableau Vivant or Memento Mori I used oranges as an expression of temporality that over time and space deteriorate, decay, age and finally decompose.