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Supernatural Forces, Mental Health and Detail from Indoors (Forças Sobrenaturais, Doença Mental e Detalhe de Interior) 2019
HD File, 16:9, 11 minutes and 18 seconds, color, silent
A text written in English and Portuguese versions runs over low opacity footage of a bouquet of plastic flowers.
The fake flowers, that once adorned the dinner table in my parents living room, evoke my domestic environment whist growing-up where Cape-verdean and Portuguese culture collapsed into one. The text produces an hybrid context that juxtaposes references to social attitudes to mental health and the state of democracy in Cape Verde with Portuguese historical events. I wrote the text simultaneously in Portuguese and English languages. The English version is more distant and the Portuguese one more personal, reflecting my emotional relationship with both languages, and my understanding of the power play between both languages.