The work of Aimée Zito Lema (Amsterdam, 1982) touches on the dynamics between individual and collective memory, with a particular focus on the recording and intergenerational transmission of events, both through material history and through the human body as a mnemonic repository. Placing aesthetic and social practices side by side, her work inhabits a world of critical interaction between the material and the human.

13 Shots brings together works that explore various aspects of individual, social and political memory – the result of the artist’s collaboration with the Lisbon Theatre of the Oppressed Group at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum’s Multipurpose Room. Through performative exercises co-created by the artist and the group, the intergenerational transmission of the 25 April revolution and the photographic archive of the ACARTE service become material for investigating the way in which memory is passed on through stories, images, gaps and silences that are reproduced, filled, and reimagined collectively.

The project presented here is the result of the artist’s period in residence at Rua das Gaivotas 6, one of the eight chapters of the exhibition created as part of 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, a collaborative European project coordinated by the Catholic University of Portugal and co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme.