Santos, 1970. Lives in Berlin
Between 1976 and 1978, during the final years of Institutional Act no 5 (AI-5), known as the most draconian instrument of repression during Brazil’s military dictatorship, Fabiano Marques was living in Sorocaba. At the time, his father was a judge and his mother, a geometry teacher. His memory of the town and his desire to reflect on the role the Judiciary is playing in the current political situation, seen in the light of a critical reading of past events, converged in the chance to work with a group of local law students interested in studying the court rulings issued during those years of his childhood.
In Os processos [The Cases] (2017), Marques worked with students and teachers from Paulista University (UNIP) in Sorocaba to select and summarize rulings for the town’s municipal court records. The aim was to annex the material to the official archives so it could be made available for public consultation. In the late 70s, court records contained only the information needed to locate cases in the archives. Since then, despite changes in the regulations, these documents have not been updated.
Libra (2017) consists of a metal sculpture which, seen against a backdrop of sky, points straight to the constellation that bears its name. In it, the stars become points connected by lines scaled to represent their individual distances from the Earth. Seen from a certain perspective, the sculpture takes on a long, conical form reminiscent of a telescope, underscoring the fact that vision is always partial and conditioned by a particular viewpoint.