Brazil, 1961


Hours after hours, days after days are in fact necessary for Marlene Stamm to capture, register and assemble her 10 minutes of light. The result, quantified in an astounding exact number, evidences the procedure of exhausting repetition. For every single image, a match is lit and held, time is measured with a stopwatch, the duration of the flame is written down, the burnt match is photographed, then the watercolour painting is done. After that, the paintings are assembled together in space according to the order they were done, covering the meticulously calculated walls that had been previously prepared for them.