The memories that we store away throughout the years, in different formats, end up at times lost, both physically and in remembrance. According to Halbwachs, memory does not hold only an individual dimension. It is necessary for there to be a minimum of accordance between the recollections of the individuals for those recollections to be able to complement each other, forming a shared heritage of remembrances. Memory has, thus, a relational nature, forming itself in/from the interaction between individuals. Rodrigo Vila uses a version of a peepshow box where we can observe overlapped old images, like an amalgamation of memories that become at times clearer and at other times less so. These are memories enclosed in a box, within their own universe, which at the very moment they are once again beheld gain a new dimension and projection, even if the places and individuals have no direct connection with the beholder. This joint observation, which creates points of connection between the various observers, generates a new remembrance.

HALBWACHS, Maurice. “A memória coletiva”. São Paulo: Ed. Centauro, 2006.


Date: 2019

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