Patricia Borges (Rio de Janeiro)   Revertere Ad Locum Tuum



“Revertere…” was conceived during the pandemic to be displayed inside a phone booth at the countryside of Scotland. My main motivation was the constricted space, for the screening and for the viewer. I also took in consideration it would be shown in a small town, with no subway system. The idea was centred on displacement. I felt we were so stagnated inside our own homes, alone. I was longing to move fast, to be in a crowded place, to loose the focus on my window view. I browsed my files for the busiest subway trip I could recall to experience: Tokyo. I gradually removed the humans from the frame as we moved between stations, enhanced the colours, trying to replicate that suspended time sensation as we have being locked down at home for so long.

It would preferably be shown in loop so that we never arrive, to be constantly on the move.

I wanted the sound to be a thick bass pace that would mark the mechanical rhythm of displacement, or its absence. I also wanted to be reminded of a heart beat to be experienced inside the cabin.

The inscription 'Revertere Ad Locum Tuum' is usually engraved on cemetery entrance gates. It means in Latin: “return to the place of origin”. This always caught my attention and like a bad joke, I wondered who the message was addressed to. Here I borrow it for the title without any funeral intent, just because the subway trip will go back and forward endlessly…



Photographer and multimedia artist, she uses experiences from the field of art and architecture to build a sensitive relationship with space. Her works draws out notions of time, isolation, rigour and fragility. In recent years, she started using photographs as a material for composing installations and objects, many of them were discarded after being digitized, integrating her research on the ephemerality of matter .Graduated in architecture, photography, cinematography and screenplay. Awarded at the biennials of Florence and Rome. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions around the world and it is part of major private collections.