Summer Hours: “Geografia do Amor”

7-11 September 2020
Espaço Alkantara

Diego Bagagal’s research begins with a box they inherited from his uncle, Ricardo Wagner Braga — who used to chase them around the house, dressed as a witch — and the possibility of creating an updated, festive and erotic cartography of the world. The box contains Ricardo’s personal archive from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The geographic scope of the collection includes 14 foreign countries (Angola, Chile, USA, Peru Panamá, Portugal, Canadá, Italy, Spain, Holland, England, Israel, Iraq, and Switzerland) and 17 Brazilian states (Amazonas, Pará, Pernambuco, Sergipe, Paraíba, Ceará, Bahia, Mato Grosso, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina, Paraná e Rio Grande do Sul).

Among the artefacts of this collection are: 254 postcards, written and with stamps, exchanged with 160 men and women (80% men, 90% Brazilian); 250 postcards, without stamps or signatures; IDs; letters of Love and letters of longing; photographs of Ricardo and photographs of mermen (his lovers); pages of diaries; a drawing of a Miss Universe; postcards from Diego; Christmas cards; cards with Saints printed on them, given on the occasion of someone’s death; among other things.

Geografia do Amor (‘The Geography of Love’) — drawing on concepts developed by Clarice Lispector, Lygia Clark, Giorgio Agamben, Georges Bataille, and Mikhail Bakhtin — is a utopic gesture in which Diego updates the archive left by Ricardo, who died of AIDS in 2011. The artistic residency at Espaço Alkantara will deal with 33% of the inheritance, containing multiple material and immaterial possibilites. A gesture of love.

Geografia do Amor was selected for a residency at Espaço Alkantara through the Summer Hours programme. It will premiere at Temps d’Images Lisbon in November 2020.

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