(His)tory: Private Memories and Public History A thesis exhibition by Pamela Fernandez, M.F.A. October 15-October 26, 2012 Through a combination of sound, object and installation art, Fernandez examines how memories are formed, evolve, and later degrade over time on an individual and broader collective level. On the individual level the artist explores her personal connection to her Grandfather Memo and his recollections of decades of life experience. While on a larger level these memories are made three dimensional and collective when considering the immense influence of time, geography, place, and also media in creating and spreading collective stories that become memory. Using the long arch of Grandpa Memo’s life from 1919 to present, Fernandez creates a historical timeline that compares his story, to Honduran and World history. A sound piece transitions from each of the plazas in an audio display of their multipurpose uses. Through it she begins to merge the private memories with the public environment, as one’s memories are unique within a particular historical context. The back of the gallery is overtaken by a series of diagrams marking the physical boundaries of some the world’s better-known plazas. From Tahrir Square (Egypt) to Zuccotti (NYC) to Plaza de […]
O Teto (The roof) Prestes Maia Road 911 could be just another address in downtown Sao Paulo, but for the 468 families that have squatted on the 22 story building since 2002 it’s a roof, and victory of the humble and poor. In January 2007, the 1,379 dwellers and members of the Downtown Roofless Movement (Movimento Sem Teto do Centro/MSTC) were threatened with eviction. The MSTC works to reverse what they call the perverse logic of the Brazilian metropolis, the abundance of land and roofs but lack of homes, by squatting on abandoned building and negotiating (or fighting) with the government to convert them into low income housing. In April 2007, MSTC won the rights for planned inoccupation of the Prestes Maia, with a financial aid for rental and also a credit plan which could finance a new home.