It is time to vindicate the photographic archive and its use in photographic projects. This was one of the lessons I brought back from Bilbao during the viewing of the first part of Cadernos da Limia on the stArt platform. The archive does not only serve to dynamize and create tension (counterpoint) in the visual narrative of the project; the archive will function as the continuous bass in a musical score, harmonizing and giving meaning, context and memory, to create a new imaginary that frees us from the urgency of the present. The photograph is by photographer and visual artist Gloria Oyarzábal (1971), a reflection on the identity of African women using old photographs from the times of colonization and current portraits taken by the author.
ON INFANTILIZATION, EXOTIZATION,HIPERSEXUALATION,VICTIMIZATION AND OTHER -ZATIONS, from the series WOMAN GO NO’GREE, 2018
Photo left: Archival image found in a Nigerian magazine from the years of English colonization.
Right picture: Printed on fabric and hung as a curtain (260 x 145 cm)