From the Collection to the Archive: A Reflection on the Production of Images in the 1974—1989 Inter-Revolutionary Space between the Carnation and the Velvet Revolutions
Starting from a set of amateur photos taken by my father, José Alberto Vidal de Almeida—a Portuguese scholarship-holding student in former Czechoslovakia from 1978 to 1987—my dissertation traces the transformation of a collection of photos stored inside a shoebox into an archive where lived and transmitted (inscribed) experience is articulated alongside macro-political and historical processes. The analysis of the archive allows a simultaneous look into the final years of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia and the first years after the left-wing revolution in Portugal in April 1974. Taking autobiography as its starting point, the objective of this research is to address the idea of a collective memory of revolution. It asks: how this memory is constantly formed, who are its protagonists, and how the potential for social upheaval it carries can be deliberately suppressed or released. Ultimately, it analyses different processes of image production in the inter-revolutionary archive.
Ana de Almeida is an artist and author from Lisbon, currently living and working in Vienna. After studying Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon, she continued her studies in Vienna, completing a Master in Critical Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the same institution, pursuing a doctoral thesis about the production of images and its ideological implications in the 1974—1989 inter-revolutionary space between the Carnation and the Velvet Revolutions. She is a member of the artists’ collective <dienstag abend>, a member and co-founder of the curatorial project Gudrun Ingenthron and of the Interndinner collective against precarization of work in the cultural field. Her artistic practice addresses memory processes and their different levels of responsibility in processes of subjectivization; conscious and subconscious narrative constructions that connect space and subject; and plurispatial and multilayered narratives in general.
Sind Raum und Kunst stets in ihrem Kontext zu begreifen oder sollte ein Raum als freie Ausstellungsplattform unabhängig von seinen Koordinaten bespielt werden? Ausgehend von dieser Frage – die sich das kuratorische Team des Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst Münster e.V. (FAK) in diesem Jahr stellt – bezieht die Künstlerin Ana de Almeida in der Einzelausstellung Inhabited Projections Position und reflektiert den Kunstort des FAK vor dem Hintergrund seines historischen Kontextes. De Almeida ist im Studienjahr 2017/18 IFK_Junior Fellow.
Ana de Almeida
Inhabited Projections, FAK Münster
Eröffnung Do, 22.03.2018, 19 Uhr
Ausstellungsdauer 23.03.2018 - 22.04.2018
Öffnungszeiten Fr. - So. 16 bis 19 Uhr
Only fifteen years separate two historical events fundamental to the constitution of two Western and Central European democracies as we know them today. The Carnation Revolution of April 1974 in Portugal and the Velvet Revolution of November 1989 in former Czechoslovakia shifted the course of local and global histories and rewrote national narratives, while playing important roles in much larger processes such as the collapse of the Eastern Bloc and the definitive dissolution of a moribund colonial empire.