Tudo é incomodo quando a terra treme 
‘Articular historicamente o passado não significa conhecê-lo “como ele de fato foi”. Significa apropriar-se de uma reminiscência, tal como ela relampeja no momento de um perigo.’
Walter Benjamin

The representations captured in family photo albums endure over time. Alongside these images, the intimate narratives that gave rise to them persist, passing from one generation to the next and imprinting themselves on their memories.
My perception of Africa was shaped by an idealised representation, an optical distortion embedded in the family photo albums. As the authenticity of these images is linked to the lives of my ancestors who, although they are integral to my family's experiences, these images tell a story that does not summarize the history.
"Tudo é incomodo quando a terra treme" starts from the awareness that it is necessary to manage these memories in a responsible and critical manner. I question the recollections derived from photographs capturing the joyful days of my family in Africa, from the perspective of someone who did not directly experience the colonial period but chooses to reclaim the heritage of that family memory through photography.
The critical analysis of the experiences of the “retornados” generation aims to undo the nostalgia associated with their images and narratives, recognising their propensity to create mythologies and fantasies and involves a commitment to the deconstruction of colonial narratives.
It is a work about how I choose to manage the memories of my ancestors, contemplating my current position and analysis of this legacy, in my particular case concerning great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents who were born or migrated to Mozambique during the colonial period.
The project arises from the tension between collective and individual memory, exploring the connections between identity and territory, what we choose to remember and forget, and how these memories shape the perception of the past for future generations.
We all play a role in the construction, narration, and preservation of historical memory.


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