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Art in Quarantine — Rita Gaspar Vieira

UMBIGO invited several artists to reflect on the era we are living in and to think about their artistic production in quarantine times.

Project by the artist Rita Gaspar Vieira.

Rita Gaspar Vieira, Stemma, 2020. Fragments of clay objects found, 100% manufactured cotton paper and wooden table, 92 x 100 x 50 cm

The word stemma (from Greek: στέμμα) means connection, a line of union; in Latin, it was also associated with a notion of a family tree. In philology, ‘stemma codicum’ is used to designate the ‘family’, or relationship of dependence between copies / codices with the same text; by comparing them, it is possible to make a critical edition of the old text, as similar as possible to what the original would be.

In the present confinement, we can rethink our daily models of action and use, moving closer to the essential values. The Stemma project proposes links through fragments of objects – serial produced copies, broken and ‘disconnected’. These links are conversations or reunions of potential families (of objects), promoted by ‘touch’. The original text can now be found at the table, in the evoked memories of the gestures, which, when recovered, allow us to move on…

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