"An essay concerning human understanding" is an artist book done by artist Maria Lusitano. This book resulted from a daily practice of drawing and making collages over the pages of an old edition of John Locke´s book "An essay concerning human understanding", that was written in 1689. Maria Lusitano revisited Locke´s foundational philosophical text, proposing its reading as a fragmented, poetical visual essay.
maria lusitano was born in lisbon in 1971, living currently in london. She studied in ar.co and maumaus-school of visual arts in lisbon and in 2009 concluded an ma in fine art at malmö art academy-sweden. She is currently doing a phd at university of westminster, in the united kingdom. In her practice she explores narrativity in projects that deal with historical utopias, memory as a fiction, expressions of gender identity, and stories of the unconscious. She works both with the video essay and artist publications. She participated in 2004 in manifesta 5, san sebastian, at the 29th biennial of sao paulo, (2010) and in 2006 in photo espana 6 madrid. She has exhibited in various other events, such as lundskonsthall, sweden, moderna museet in stockholm, joshibi university,tokyo, university of fine arts, seoul.