Interventions on the Landscape of Crestuma, by students of the Master of Art and Design for the Public Space, Fine Arts Faculty, University of Porto, Portugal
Master Coördinator : Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro
Assistant Curator: Carolina Rito
In each movement of dislocation of a body, the act of making place is re-discovered, the act of attributing meaning to that which is attained by our senses, and to that which, though not attained, is foreseen in what is alluded. Crestuma is a hoard of organised meanings that are summoned under a sign usually designated as identity, which, in several subjective levels, are joined by the partial constructions that each individual makes of it.
In (des)locação #1/ (dis)location #1 fourteen new ways of looking find a place in the arteries of the village, revealing the contextual texture of the place and, mainly, sharing with its inhabitants and visitors re-readings that enable, amongst the former, a re-dimensioning of the everyday look, and amongst the latter, offering a particular knowledge that extravagates the usual readings of a touristic guide.
Though defining an heterogeneous pattern, these interventions allow the identification of three discursive lines.
The thriving past of the village, materialised in the abandoned buildings and shared in narration by the inhabitants, constitutes one of the factors of interest in the approach of Carolina Anselmo, Meireles de Pinho, Bárbara Leite, Filomena Nascimento and Ivone Monteiro. Stories are re-inscribed and particular aspects of the industrial heyday are revealed, able of potentiate, in the present, a re-enactment of forgotten memories and a prolific re-encounter with the past.
Rita Rainho, Marta Rocha and Tânia Pires re-inforce the sense of belonging of the land to the edifying agents of their everyday. These approaches are substantiated in the commitment of thinking the social needs of the Village, or through the poetic enhancement of its landscape, in the act of “rendering it visible”, or in the collective planting on the edge of the ridges.
Finally, the work of Ivo Teixeira, Filipe Garcia, Miguel Costa, Inês Alves, Francisco Chendo and Maria João Tavares relaunch the act of perpetual re-inscription of the present, proposing re-readings of the specificities of local identity.
Crestuma is extended in the eyes of who sees it and of who renders it visible.