Avaria (Damaged Goods) meditates on an analogy between the deterioration of public spaces and the way we become who we are. Becoming who we are is as determined by the choices we make and by our firmness of purpose, or lack thereof, as it is by context, accident, neglect, opportunity, by the violence caused by others, by stupidity. Maybe life is but this heartless, authorless process, through which, as if by invisible hand, cities and persons become gradually damaged. As I was making these images, I started to see that — the anonymity of the damages — in every place, in each thing, in everyone, in my own life.

Client: Humberto Brito
Lisboa, 2020