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Catarina Simão’s R-Humor Exhibition

The Ideias no Escuro Archive came together through a joint work by João Farelo and Rui Luís with researcher Catarina Simão for the R-Humor exhibition on Archives of Mozambique with an audiovisual piece featuring two videos edited with materials from the collection of Zoom production company that integrates our Videographic archive.

Due to the state of the country due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the exhibition will end on June 30th unless future changes.

The R-Humor exhibition is centered on a collection of 245 photographs from the archives of the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde in Leipzig, one of Saxony’s internationally renowned Ethnographic Museums. These photographs today recover a unique testimony to the history of the Makonde art collection of the National Museum of Ethnology in Nampula (Mozambique) gathered in colonial times. At the same time, and in a critical and satirical way, they are a paradox as proof of the foresight about the behavior of the white colonizer.

Catarina Simão is an artist and researcher who has been working with the notion of the archive since 2009, engaging especially with Mozambique’s colonial and anticolonial history. The unsteady disposition of the archive is a central aspect of her work, as is the criticism attached to custodian registry. R-humor is a project that emerges from years of observation on the involuntary memory of archives, understanding specially the interrelationship of time with text and the  objects.