It was necessary to thank the flowers

The occasion of the festivity is always a break from the monotony to give way to a new time, especially when it favors the reinforcement of memory and the irruption of the imagination and the desire.

The festivities always present, for the convenience of the attraction, a mixture of the sacred and profane.

The festivities assume themselves as propitiating occasions of the abundance of goods, in an almost magical character, enabling the recognition of social functions and roles, intervening on the exercise of power.

The festivities in the Azores are always linked to socio-religious motivations, where a great number of expressions of language, music, dance, handicrafts, and clothing can be seen, among others that may mean the motives of the worship festivities, rituals and devotional practices.

Subjacent to the festivities it’s the extraordinary complexity and richness of the popular art imagery, a reflection of religiosity, which translates into the flowers of the crowns of the mastros, the rosquilhas of the Holy Spirit, the alampadas and the charolas de frutos, the veils of the brides of the Holy Spirit and in the Maias, among many other forms that cross stories from different parts of the country with the Azorean traditions.

Sofia de Medeiros

As rosas (The roses)

When at night I defoliate and bite the roses

It’s like it stuck between my teeth

All the moonlight of transparent nights,

All the glow of the luminous afternoons,

The dancing Spring winds,

The bitter sweetness of the West,

And the exaltation of all the waits.

Sofia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1947)

An explosion of color, a mixture of different patterns, a messy arrangement and an organized mess…

This is the work of Sofia de Medeiros. In this exhibition, whose works are of two-ways, little houses that have nothing inside, but whose exterior is full of motifs that summons memories (I soon remembered the beach tent of my childhood, in Matosinhos, in July…), and white boxes, without significant exterior, but in whose interior live, peacefully arranged, wreaths and roses that seem that they are not roses…

The little houses makes us live on the outside, the boxes invite us to enter, but, in some and in others, the joy and the taste for life are contagious!

Other pieces, without inside or outside, are, for example, a beautiful rosary and a peaceful agglomerate of Virgin Marys. We know how to be Mary Blessed among women. Although that in this case Mary lives with so many Marys, all Blessed and in a state of contemplation, of prayer, of waiting, of peace… The rosary, and what a great rosary of beads, leads us to make an account of life and to unravel the beads of what we want. Being the title of the exhibition It was necessary to thank the flowers, we believe to see in this rosary a set of flowers, white roses, pure, immaculate.

Iron, textiles, ceramics and plastic are the materials used and the certain thing is that they live in harmony. And in harmony and syntony are these pieces in the Hall of the Chapter of the Alberto Sampaio Museum. The exhibition of Sofia de Medeiros brought to this ancient and secular Chapter Room of the of old collegiate of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, a breath of fresh air, of color and of pacific provocation.

Guimarães, January 5, 2017

Isabel Maria Fernandes