João Paulo Serafim
A Invenção da Memória
“A Invenção da Memória” arises from a meaningful and comprehensive gathering of spaces connected to culture – “memory deposits”, in the artist’s words – which become a sort of unlikely ready-mades, turning themselves into heterotopic spaces. Structures like a showcase or frames, which serve to set apart the real and the imaginary world of the museum, are just markers of objectivity, ensuring “distance” (as stated by Bertold Brecht about the theatre), and point out that we are in another world of artifice, of imagination. A first group of photographic images of variable dimensions leads the spectator to visit different spaces and moments of the museum’s “life”. The play Museum Vocabulary, which consists of a screened text on an acrylic, gives us definitions about concepts of museology. Finally “Catalogue des catalogues” is an installation that shows and simultaneously hides a set of museum brochures collected over time, thereby extending a gesture of accumulation.