An old present (The memory)
“The antique object no longer has any practical application, its role being merely to signify. It is astractural, it refuses structure, it is the extreme case of disavowal of the primary functions. Yet it is not functional, nor purely ‘decorative’, for it has a very specific function within the system, namely the signifying of time.”
– Jean Baudrillard
Inspired by decorative elements from Buenos Aires’ early 20th-century domestic interiors, An Old Present (The Memory) invokes a bygone era in Argentina, suspended in time through the idealization of memory.
The piece finds its strength in ethereal structures over solid architectures; similarly, the tissues that bind our social narratives and identities are at once fragile and yet prevail over the seemingly fixed historical discourses that crumble around us… [Read full text]