“Floresta do Ginjal” was the most famous restaurant on the pier of Ginjal, in Cacilhas. Since it first opened, in the 40’s, it became the meeting point between the two banks of Tejo river, an undeniable choice for several lunches, parties and weddings. It has completed its cycle. The intense life is followed by decline and, inexorably, death. Four decades later, in the 80’s, it has closed its doors. The doors haven’t been opened again… Without it, the whole pier lost its former brightness.
Returning in each tide, dreams that live beyond time persist and emerge in the lives of the ones holding them… The old restaurant is reborn in the form of a ballroom. It’s a magical and mysterious place, populated by fascinating characters: Lovers, dreamers, loners, eternal seducers… They all share a time that only exists there.
This work intends to portrait a place, that is part of my memory and part of the city I grew up in. Traveling to a time that was not mine, but to which I have gained access. Real lives are justified and extended in the dream. Simple desires, common ambitions. Deceiving loneliness, finding love. Dreams packed by the melodies that resonate from the pier of Ginjal.