Fiona Segadães Da Silva- AIMEZ-VOUS L'ORAGE?
The thunderstorm suggests both the uproar it engenders and the silence that accompanies it.
What if the exile despondent feeling is passed down from one generation to another? What if the remote landscapes known by my family members are still living with me?
This project is a fragmentary silent narrative that explores the concepts of exile, corporeality and saudade. The author tries to interrogate the memory troubles and the void in a palpable approach, to discover how vulnerability can become visible.
The photographs that compose this haunted story come from the tension of Fiona’s own body in space as well as from mental projections in bodies other than mine. Motionless, suspended, until the thunder is heard, the sky will not brighten. It is certain that our bodies are always connected with the places we go through.
Fiona defines herself as a very silent and observer person. Her images are built on feelings of vulnerability, loss and emptiness. They tend to make visible the moments and sensations that are difficult to tell but that inhabit our bodies and our spaces in silence.
This project also analyse the relationship with saudade.* Everything was guided by essais written by Fiona’s great-grandfather about his exile and his own relationship to landscapes and melancholy. The author is trying to reconnect with her family’s cultural heritage. She’s attached to organic landscapes, fragments of lives and decontextualized places that allow her to display mysterious temporal spaces and enigmatic stories. Often emotion takes precedence over reality.
*Saudade is a word for a sad state of intense longing for someone or something that is absent. Saudade comes from Portuguese culture, and it is often expressed in its literature and music. Saudade is described as a kind of melancholy yearning.
Fiona Segadães Da Silva (b.1995) is a photographer and image book publisher,
she cur-ently lives and works in Le Havre (France).
Lover of photography books, printed media and glows;
she is a member of the (feu) collective and curator of the editorial project : cahier des
Working on both analog and digital photography in a conceptual approach, her work is
built by a sensitive and tangible approach to the images.
Her research is particularly interested
in our ways of haunting bodies and spaces,
our relationships with the living andmental health.
Recently graduated from a M.F.A (june 2022),
her artistic career is punctuated by experiences
with different audiences through workshops.
She is now involved as an independant
publisher and her photographic work is featuring in a few upcoming international and collective publications. (Broad Magazine, Another Earth Press, Surface Editions, Neptune Journal)
Post coordination by Vincent Urbani