AMOR | 2013

Casa Museu de Benjamin Constant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Curator: Isabel Sanson Portella



1. Memory is the seamstress, and a very fine seamstress at that. Memory makes the needle run in and out, up and down and to and fro. We know not what comes next, what will come later  2007

Drawers filled with embroidered initials cover a woman’s smock and occupy the main room in the museum home, in its turn already full of stories that unfold in its mirrors. The design for the smock was taken from my collection of initials and executed in partnership with seamstresses from a cooperative in [the] Rocinha [favela].

  • initials embroidered on cotton smock
  • 150 x 50 cm
  • EXHIBITIONS: “Amor,” Museu Casa de Benjamin Constant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Galerie Caroline Vachet, Lyon, France / “Retalhar,” Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo: Claudia Elias

2. Escritos sobre nada  2007-13

For a long while, I collected writings about nothing, indeed, about all the things that caught my attention during that period: things I read and heard, and I transferred (with the aid of carbon paper) onto these small labels that were dispersed. For this exhibition in a house museum, they were assembled inside the small writing desk drawers of a young man’s bedroom.

  • carbon paper on labels
  • variable dimensions
  • EXHIBITIONS: “Amor,” Casa Museu de Benjamin Constant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo: Claudia Elias

3. Stitching her memory | 2013

In an old Family film, I have always been struck by this woman who, among the people who ride in a boat, patiently sews on the unstable surface of a lake. This image was edited with the invitation to exhibit it at the Casa de Museu de Benjamin Constant, in homage to his wife, the first custodian and systematizer of her prematurely deceased husband’s collection.

  • 11” video loop, edition of 5 + 2 AP
  • concept: Renato Bezerra de Mello
  • editor: Daniel Bardusco
  • EXHIBITION: “Amor,” Casa Museu de Benjamin Constant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo: Cláudia Elias