We are all built from stories. Stories that shape us, stories that direct us, stories that affect us and others. They create the backdrop of our existence and allow us to reflect on the past, present and future.
Listening to the stories of our elders can be fascinating. Their gaze so often is directed inwards and towards the past. It must feel so alienating and strange to observe changes in the world around them, ones that don't feel entirely relevant to their present surroundings .
This thought was my starting point for Landscape Stories, created during my artist residency at the Buniho FabLab in Messejana, Portugal. This traditional sleepy village, with an aging population and remnants of past glories, preserves a lot of old traditions. Befriending and talking with the older ladies of the village, who are gems hidden behind the protection of the whitewashed walls of their homes, provided me with an opportunity for a peek into the past, where despite the times of hardship, there could be found a great deal of joy.
The work consists of interviews, photographs and laser-cut work, inspired by the landscape and beauty of their aged hands.
Record of stories from residents of Messejana, Portugal