A Christ who never stops growing in the rug-makers’ village; a man, on a country road in Croatia, who falls; a 5-year old girl on a highway escorted by bestial apparitions; the scorched face of the Virgin Mary in the mountains above the Mexican Pacific; devotees toting their images under a sizzling sun: these scenes and more are woven into Dreaming the Memories of Now—a visually captivating memoir and revelatory interrogation of the power of images.
Probing into the rabbit hole of mythical space with their five-year old daughter, visual artists Geska and Robert Brecevic unearth the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and artistic process. In the narrative space of mutually suspended disbelief, where mischievous saints, recalcitrant Madonnas, plastic figurines and wooden carvings spring to life, the divine leaves tangible traces. These unassuming protagonists might actually be the metaphorical mountains moved by faith.
The work ponders a critical comprehension of the persistence of history as it pertains to the individual and the construct of their “memory”.
Geska Helena Brečević (born 1975) and Robert Brečević (born 1971) is an internationally acclaimed artist duo. A visit to Mexico in 2008 led to an ongoing collaboration with the Talleres Comunitarios de Zegache. This phase of their work reflects a heightened attention to the patterns of human movement associated with economic migration and religious pilgrimage. Sometimes, in the migrant’s dream of a conclusive return, the separation between these secular and sacred patterns dissolves.
The crossing of these lines—vertical and horizontal, temporal and spatial, secular and sacred—marks the head of a pin on which these filmed images dance.
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