The duo João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira develops a formal and conceptual investigation that questions social and political constructions, anchored and expanded from a queer perspective.
“A stick, a stone, it’s the end of the road.”
As there is no consensus on the origin of the name of the village of Água de Pau (Water Stick), neither in the descriptions by Gaspar Fructuoso in "Saudades da Terra", nor in the various articles gathered by Carreiro da Costa in "Ethnology of the Azores", the artists propose a direct relationship between the name of the village and the existence of a spring that was at the origin of that name, continuing his research on historical processes and the formation of identities. The artists' intervention consists of a bronze sculpture made from a wooden stick, found by the artists on one of their visits to the village in February 2021, and which is embedded inside a wall. This sculpture was transformed into a fountain and from the two visible ends on the wall, branches with evident anthropomorphic similarities, water comes out as if they were two spouts. The existence of this hidden "stick" from which water springs, dissipated over time, must be shrouded in secrecy and mystery, ending up mixing up with local mythologies about the origin of the village's toponymy.