Cassola’s involvement in the experimental research programme JUNCTIONS 21 inspired his desire to collect and process material from his own past. He began by studying Portugal’s colonial past in books, newspapers, documentaries and fiction as well as in a 1940s children’s theme park that has survived almost entirely intact. He then focused on his own family, learning about the history of his native village by collecting memories of the older generation. His family entrusted him with a newspaper published by his father and the plays he wrote with a friend as well as over 300 letters written by his uncle to his wife while in military service. Transcribing and digitising many interviews and documents will be the springboard for in-depth analysis.
Nuno Cassola completed a master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Practices at the University of Porto and attended the Lucerne School of Art and Design on an Erasmus Scholarship.