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Sobre e sob a superfície (triptych), 2013
Graphite and gesso on paper
114 x 55,5 cm

«Memory has as much past as it has present. It is a type of awareness of time that produces meanings wittingly and unwittingly (as Proust tells us), by the occupation of that interstitial place of the before in the now. It occurs both of a predisposed effort of taking back something (that we think is) lost, as the passive acceptance of remembrance as a new past. It is this memory, subjective and dynamic, that constitutes AnaMary Bilbao’s intervention field. Her practice always comes from the memory of a past gesture, always exceeded by its replicas in their flawed mimetic efforts.

The work explores what the artist designates as “movement of return”: the way the (re)intervention on a surface that has been plastically worked on before, allows discussion and reproduction of the mnemonic system. Through the thorough repetition of the same plastic procedures, a visual equivalent of the ratio between remembrance and forgetfulness is found. (…) [For example], the triptych. Sobre e sob a superfície [Above and under the surface], evokes the discontinuity in the act of remembrance (…). The work involved, the repetition, the endurance that we can find in AnaMary Bilbao’s work dilutes what there is of illusory in a prophylaxis of forgetfulness.» By Ana Cristina Cachola, «Now and before» (2013) (find the full essay here)

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