Artist: Maria Lusitano

Maria Lusitano is fascinated by telling stories in videos that integrate text with found images from diverse sources such as postcards and home movies. Although seemingly real, Lusitano’s stories hybridize realities in order to construct believable fictions. Nostalgia narrates the experience of a colonial Portuguese family living in Mozambique during the crucial years leading up to the independence of the colony. Grainy footage, pop music and familial scenes recall the unravelling of a historical transition as reflected within private lives. In a complex reversal of perspectives, Lusitano omits any trace of oppression by concentrating on everyday images and sentimental recollections, thus leading viewers to identify with colonizers. Subverting the dialectics of perpetrator and victim, we are left asking how strong are the ties that link us to the places we call home, and what we are willing to justify in order to protect our own origins.


Manifesta 5 | 2004.06.11 - 2004.09.30 | Arteleku(San Sebastián, Spain) | Casa Ciriza(San Sebastián, Spain) | Koldo Mitxelena(San Sebastián, Spain) | Kubo Kutxa Kursaal | Museo San Telmo(San Sebastián, Spain) | Ondartxo(San Sebastián, Spain) | San Sebastián | Soto del Aquarium(San Sebastián, Spain)