Study on erasure. 2012. Transfer on wood. 11,5x18 cm (x10).
This work evolved through an imagined perception of a landscape without traces of colonial history. The images belong to an archive of a relative, who gathered two albums of pictures from the Colonial War in Moçambique. The pictures depicted belong to the first album, since the second album was ‘a forbidden collection’ of photographs that were hidden for the strong nature, showing the atrocities of war. After trying to track down his second album of photographs, I discovered that it was destroyed by my uncle has an attempt to erase or forget his own involvement in the war. I worked with these images manipulating them and erasing the traces of Portuguese on these territories, from its bloody war references. These images then depict the possibility of a land untouched by colonial hands or left into oblivion.