Unveiling diversified cultural identities through camera lenses

Travel | 14 Aug 2020

From now to October 2, Taipa Village Cultural Association is presenting a captivating collection of photographs, named ‘Involuntary Landscapes’ created by Luso-American photographic artist Hugo Teixeira.

Raised in the Luso-American community in San Jose, California, Teixeira studied photography at San Jose State University and Lisbon’s Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação. He then pursued a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Related Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2020. As a skilled photographic artist and teacher, Teixeira is passionate about bringing photography, common materials, advanced technology and memory together to create contemporary conceptual images and sculptures. He has exhibited his works in the United States, Portugal and Macau.

Revisiting the Taipa Village Art Space for the second time with his work, Teixeira embarks on a whimsical journey with the audiences through his unique collection of landscapes photographed in Portugal and California where he has travelled and resided extensively.

Teixeira’s photomontage works depict the historical and cultural consciousness that was lost when his family emigrated from Portugal to California in the 1970s. Children who migrate at a young age have minimal connection and knowledge about their home countries. They lack guidance in adapting to a new country and culture. As a result, they tend to piece together their knowledge of both cultures from stories, media, travels and by trial and error. But ultimately, they learn to feel at home in a blend of both.

To unveil his mentality of being a migrant since he was young, Teixeira summons his past memories through photos shot by an anonymous family in pre-revolutionary Portugal. By adopting a montage process reminiscent of 19th century landscape photographers by combining unrelated photos of land and sky to create harmonious compositions, Teixeira juxtaposes these found photos and landscape photos taken during his travels in California’s chaparral and Portugal’s montado. The images presented in this exhibition distil thousands of compositions into just a few evocative examples.

João Ó, President of the Executive Board at Taipa Village Cultural Association, says that it is an honour for them to showcase Teixeira’s works once again exclusively in Macao. “Teixeira’s pieces provoke audiences’ awareness while evoking resonance among them with his multicultural background,” he explains. “The exhibition also serves as an opportunity to enhance Portuguese cultural exchange by revealing lesser-known aspects of Portugal to audiences from a new perspective.”

Established in 2016, Taipa Village Cultural Association is a non-profit association comprising representatives from both the local community and wider Macau. The association aims to highlight the uniqueness of Taipa Village’s heritage by raising awareness of its attractions and cementing its position as a distinctive community that benefits all of Macau.

Located in an historical enclave on Taipa Island, Taipa Village was originally inhabited by fishermen – a heritage that lives on today in its quaint village street layout and evocative, pastel-hued shop houses, nestled alongside colonial churches and Chinese temples. The village, with its rich history, offers an inspiring, East-meets-West alternative to Macau’s casinos, and is a must-go destination for visitors and locals alike.

 

Involuntary Landscapes

Exhibition period: 5th August – 2nd October 2020

Opening hours: 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Venue: Taipa Village Art Space, 10 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau

Artist: Hugo Teixeira

Medium: Photography

Admission: Free

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