With a scrutinizing gaze and a diffuse memory, Cabanas dwells upon the construction of an image, attentive to what belongs to it and to what one fantasizes. Pursuing ideas of fabulation and reminiscence, the artist creates an apparatus that exhibits and invokes vaguely recognizable moments.
Carla Cabanas’ work focuses on reinterpreting time and memory, through an idea of loss and saturation. Changing a set of slides, the artist modifies the story that each image retains, transforming, with that action, what was the registration of the suspended instant, or the crystallization of a special moment, in a living, indefined and fabled time.
This album would resume the questioning the artist had been developing in previous work, namely identity loss and the role of time in failing memory. This new work, nevertheless, would reflect an aspect that had not been yet explored: memory of place.
Lúcia Marques (LM): This project came about with the chance of doing a residency in S. Tomé. What ideas did you take there with you? Carla Cabanas (CC): I wanted to keep dealing with the issues of Time and Memory and working on representations of a given space.
In a cold sunny Saturday I went to the studio where Carla Cabanas was finishing her pieces that are now being presented at Sala do Veado and collected in this catalogue. Before I describe to you the reason why I was fifteen minutes late that day, let us stop for a while to consider this object that holds this text and the images I am trying to respond.
Roland Barthes wrote La Chambre Claire out of his need to explain and discuss on the emotional effect some photographs have on their “spectator”. At the time, his mother had passed away and he carried with him a photo of his childhood. He distinguished between objective or external reading and, on the other hand, an internal reading: more emotive, from the detail and inexplicable.