Among ruins and imaginary: Confiança, Sarotos and Torneiras Império

Talking walls that tell us stories of what they once were. Thus, the ruins can be considered, after all, how not to imagine the day-to-day life of workers when they arrive and leave the factories, the laughter, the murmurings, the loves, the joys, the pains … a whole mix of feelings that go through the ages and that were there, contained, inside what today are just walls worn by time and abandonment? Etymologically the word ruin comes from the Latin ruin, from the verb ruĕre that expresses the act of falling, of collapsing. However, the ruins are beyond that, demonstrating the strength of the past that insists on being present today. It evokes the strength of the “dialectical image” (Benjamin, 1994), which expresses a duality between life and death, abandonment and permanence. As an image and imaginary maker, they reveal characteristics of fragment and trail (Barthes, 1984). The ruins tension beauty and aesthetic experience by highlighting the “relentless character of time, the decay of power, the inevitable death” Danto (2006, p. 109). At the same time, ruin would be able to evoke a poetic beauty that denotes the passage of time and the relationships between the subject and temporality.


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