“The waves pounded the schooner, its bow awash with foam. Doctor Faustus sought refuge from the deluge down below. The hatches on the deck were swept by the thunderous current. Alas, a storm! And it struck by air and by sea with all its torrent. A tragedy […].”
(exhibition booklet, text by João Maria Gusmão, April 2019)
The ‘ghost skin’ thus emerges merely as the operation of technological materialisation on clarity, both by means of a project of linguistic and symbolic laceration and through the ‘armed’ operation on a visibly ‘disarmed’ phenomenon via a high-speed camera. The most profound poetic foundations of João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva’s work are to be found in spectral grammar.
– André Poejo, 2019
Photos by Lais Pereira