Memento
  • STATEMENT


    The main purpose of our work is to better understand how our reality is created. And the key to this understanding relies on our memories. They define what we are and help us to reason and learn. In this portfolio, we use photography to understand how memories work, how they are created and stored and how they help us to perceive our reality.

    We take for granted that photography is a memory and memories are like photographs. But none of these statements are true. As Roland Barthes wrote: "A photograph is never a memory", and memories are not like snapshots, they are created by an active cognitive process. All our perceptions are stored as a smattering of impressions that we interlace together as a seamless narrative of feelings. Likewise, remembering involves a reconstruction of past events. This recreated memory is never the same. We don't retrieve the original memory but the last one we reconstructed. Each time we tell a story, we embellish it; hence we change it.

    To represent this mental process, in ‘Memento’ we use portions of our photographs and photograms placed together as a whole. These images are not a close depiction of any specific reality experienced before. We want to transmit a whole lived experience by establishing aspect-to-aspect relations among portions of events that we captured while wandering around different places and times. With each unique frame installation we create a memento or souvenir associated with a set of feelings, perceptions and moments.


    “The great square has no corners,
    the great work avoids coming about,
    the great tone has only a limited sound,
    ​The great image has no form.”

    Laozi