Manifestation Black-out ! (2023)
Keywords: Memory-heritage, Connection, Extension, Confrontation , Desire and Semiosis.
Geraldo Dos Santos' artwork deals with the use of candles as a "ritual artifact" in different cultural practices, and the symbolic meaning of candle lighting in contemporary society. He explores the use of candles in four different contemporary frameworks: reflecting, extension, popular mourning and memorials. Through this, he highlights the importance of aestheticization processes, as well as the centrality of this expression to evoke symbolic heritage.
The use of candles in cultural practices, according to the artist, reveals the ubiquity and repetition with which they are lit as a metaphor. He suggests that the lighting of candles in different cultural practices is a way to express devotion, sensual romances, and esoteric rites. He notes that the use of candles in these contexts is functional, but also creative and holds a deeper meaning.
The artist's work highlights how the use of candles in different cultural practices can evoke human emotions and how these emotions regulate cultural systems in social life. He suggests that the lighting of candles can be used to create a sense of solemnity, reverence, and memory, and to create a sense of connection to the past, present, and future.
Memory-heritage, connection, extension, confrontation, desire, and semiosis are all important concepts that have a significant impact on the way we understand and interact with the world around us.
Memory refers to the ability of an individual or group to recall past events, experiences, and information. Heritage refers to the cultural, historical, and societal influences that shape the identity of an individual or group. Connection refers to the relationships and interactions between individuals or groups, and can be strengthened or weakened through various forms of communication. Extension refers to the ways in which an individual or group expands their knowledge, skills, and abilities through learning and experience.
Confrontation refers to the act of facing and addressing difficult or conflicting situations, and can be a valuable tool for growth and change. Desire refers to the motivation that drives individuals or groups to act and achieve their goals. Semiosis refers to the process of meaning-making, through which individuals or groups assign meaning to symbols, signs, and other forms of communication.
Together, these concepts form a complex web of interactions that shape the way we experience and understand the world. They influence our thoughts, behaviors, and relationships, and can have a profound impact on our individual and collective wellbeing.
Lurking gaze - Oil on linnen canvas and glazed ceramic frame. Size 35 x 45 x 8cm
Manifestation, N1- 50 x 50x 4cm glazed ceramic
Candle N2 – 100 x 15 x 15cm glazed ceramic
Blossom N2, - 14 x 14 x 12cm glazed ceramic
Blossom N1, - 12 x 12 x 12cm glazed ceramic
Blossom N3, - 15 x 14 x 12cm glazed ceramic