Letter to Mikel Jaso


Hello, Mikel.

I apologize for coming so late to your mailbox. It's no time for a lady to write a gentleman.

A friend of mine went to Barcelona and brought a print of yours which I didn't find in your website but we find it very close to me in form and function. I think you'll understand what print and why.

The reason of my contact is to have your permission to use the content of this illustration in my work.

I'm gathering an archive based on a aesthetic program proposed by Fernando Pessoa in his Ultimatum, a kind of repository of "brotherhood images" concerned with the spirit of politics, multiples of the same idea, larger media representations of time. 

"[...] The age of physical engineering has already arrived (...), but the age of mental engineering is yet far off.[...]" 

Fernando Pessoa (Álvaro de Campos) quote

I'm doing this whilst trying to follow The Malthusian Law of SensibilityThe Need of Artificial Adaptation and Anti-Christian Surgical Intervention as the three laws to lay foundations of my work. As the project is an archive for the Commons I could not let your snake out of it and I hope you agree we have matched our graphic efforts somehow. 

"ACervo dos Comuns" (Commons Collection) archive project is starting and I have nothing organised to show you yet. Material will be, for now, uploaded on my website in a hidden page I may show to you later on. I also have an exhibition in Paris with a friend that studies the metaphysics of Pessoa and where I have my first shot to formally present my studies in public. Date is set to September at Maison du Portugal and I wanted to invite your "snaky dollar" to be a part of it (details of participation to discuss when ideas on exhibition get clearer - i was invited only one week ago).

Hope this proposition meets your delight and that we may discuss further and know a bit more of each other.

Best regards from Porto to Barcelona,
Virgínia Valente