Cláudia Cristóvão’s (b. 1973, lives and works in Amsterdam and London) video installations reflect on the crucial role that memory plays in forming notions of cultural identity, belonging, and displacement. Cristóvão uses video, photography, and sound to document the personal and collective memories of often-painful pasts, including the recollections of African-born Europeans about the continent they fled as children during de-colonization. She builds upon, but is not limited to, her links to her birthplace of Luanda, Angola, as a descendent of Portuguese parents. Cristóvão’s work has been featured in exhibitions such as Dak’Art and the São Paolo Biennale as well as at such venues as the Fowler Museum at UCLA (Los Angeles).
In the double screen projection "Le Voyage Imaginaire," Cláudia Cristóvão examines the story of one man’s search for the traces of his family in his hometown in Angola. Having left as an infant before truly being cognizant of the town, the man imagines his return to a place he has never really known, constructing a fictional space. The installation examines the tension between the man’s projection and the actuality of the real place. Through interviews, Cristóvão moves from the memories of people to the site of the creation of these memories.