Livraria Zé dos Bois takes away one of the walls from the books it contains and lends it to artists, inviting them to carry out an intervention project on it. It is in this context that it receives Apologia da Floresta e Outras Impressões, by AnaMary Bilbao. The exhibition consists of two works resulting from glass negatives, whose dialogical relationship, both in their materiality and in their tonality, allows us to glimpse a unity that is established from the moment of their revelation, without, however, exhausting the difference in their contents.
Like two opposing forces that attract each other, one of the images resembles a forest from which any human presence is absent, while the other image, interstitial, is full of fingerprints left on the surface of the glass and which make it impossible to access the photographed image. The human resembling the organic, but in the end as the impossibility of returning to the origin, and the natural as a representation of the original far from the human, who only observes it from afar and without ever becoming an integral part of the landscape. These two images carry in themselves both presence and absence. Side by side they dialogue with each other, at the same time silently determining their immeasurable distance. AnaMary Bilbao