Ultimate Nature by Cecilia Biagini & Dolores Furtado
September 8, 2017
Remembering, Constructing, Inventing
“The island was only visible for a few moments, but the air was so clear, and the sea framed it
which such cruel thoroughness that even the smaller details would implacably adjust to the
memories of the previous passage”
-Julio Cortázar, The Island at Midday
Cardboard trees, narrow paths through lush spaces, gypsum coral, a green foam rubber lake, fragile cotton
clouds, a flaming tulle fire, and a ladder suspended in the air form an evanescent space like memory;
which artists Dolores Furtado and Cecilia Biagini evoke from their experience as migrants in New York.
The installation presents a lively island that may hide a hint of what it sometimes means to migrate: the
constant reminiscing, the overlap of a physical and a mental landscape, the acceptance of an agreement
for a better survival. The urban nature of the materials contrasts with the natural illusion of this
environment; while at the same time this island of memories and fantasies changes to resemble that other
island they now live in.
Instead of a recreation of nature, the exhibition can be thought of as the reconstruction of a memory. What
is a memory but the construction of a new territory? The idea is to delineate a human geography, a space
made of little islands, small and inhabitable formations, disjointed, that are nothing but evocations born in
that space between the conscious and the unconscious, where associations and scenes from the past
cohabit with the present and a new reality. It is a simple exercise, neither solemn nor nostalgic, that
proposes the idea of memory as an invention.
-Verónica Flom, September 2017
Special thanks to: The Clemente, Materials for the Arts, Todd, David and Tony Knott.
Poems by: Allen Ginsberg, Fernanda Laguna, Rosario Bléfari and Han-Shan.
Illustrations from the book Visual Explanations by Edward R Tufte.