Exposição Individual Solo Exhibition Spazio Milano 03.04.2018 — 21.07.2018
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Ano year · 2018 Co-autores coauthors · Ursa - Luís Ribeiro da Silva, Margarida Quintã GALERIA GALLERY · Spazio Milano, Itália
Primeira Exposição Colonial Portuguesa, First Portuguese Colonial Exhibition . Porto, 1934 . Fotografia Photo ·Domingos Alvão
Pervasive as they became, standing out from and above the cityscape, exotic among the local temperate flora, Porto palm trees shaped the collective memory of the city for two hundred years, and in so doing they acquired historical importance and the unofficial status of monuments. The arrival of the red palm weevil in Porto circa 2010 marked the beginning of a notorious process of urban transformation. The pest attacked a great number of the city palms, disfiguring a distinctive attribute of the urban landscape. But as the decline of these symbols anticipates their demise, the very process of rotting accentuates the palms’ monumentality.
The lifeless bodies of dried fibers stand out in their surroundings as they never did in their lush past, producing a powerful tension of decay that is breaking down the physical evidence of a culture, and thus questioning the identity of the city.