h a l  w i l d s o n

Goiás, 1991

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Hal investigates the human incompleteness through aspects of the word, memory, and social awareness. In a creative process split into chapters, the artist proposes a new esthetic language in every series, appropriating from the expressive possibilities of many materials and technical processes. Currently, Hal uses the typewriting machine as a symbolic element, reaffirming the redemption of the memory and the word.

“We are active agents of each written letter, how does written history influence the history that is still to happen?”
The typewriting machine gives light to the forgotten memories, reaffirming that it is necessary to remember things so that they don’t happen again. The “scrambled” letters are like historical moments in confusing narratives, words that are still in formation, a text that is written in the current moment. The dispute for historical narratives steals the spotlight in Hal’s artistic phase, revealing the moment we are living as a mirror of the past.






This series appropriates the symbolic load of the “Real”, the photographic power of memory records in Brazil, as well as the motto of a society that believes in merit as the solution to poverty, hunger and lack of opportunities. Hal Wildson alludes to the most valuable Real note. The works are deliberately bigger than an original ballot, showing an illusory speech, worthless and full of promises that has been told to Brazilian people for centuries.




What determines us as a people?  Is our 'existence document' a CPF, an RG or a fingerprint? What distinguishes us are our differences? Our fingerprint is highlighted in personal documents and serves as a unique stamp of our existence in society. The digital carries unique characteristics of our uniqueness and is used as an identification document. But, as “Brazilian people” what is our brand? What identifies us as an intrinsic brand of Brazil?

These are the questions that reinforce this research, the signs of memory and identity intersect as they complement and build. In this work it is possible to see the imagetic construction of this symbolic bridge. There is no identity without memory, the Brazilian is the fruit of his memory and the people are the 'fingerprint' of his country. What we determine as Brazil is the Brazilian people, our singularities are multiple, we are a Brazil made of “Brazils”.