In Stampitas, the idea of self-sanctification is expanded into memory. Our concept of the divine is fortified by what reminds us of our saints – artifacts such as relics, people such as priests, or actions such as prayer. The project specifically references the Catholic tradition of prayer cards or stampitas, which act as souvenirs from holy places or reminders of divinity in daily life.
The cards have an intercessory quality to them, standing between the observer and the divine, directing devotion. In this project, the repetition, smallness and sanctity of those cards are intersected with the phenomenon of “microblogging”, which performs a similar shift in devotion: from the individual being glorified to the objects and events in their periphery.
Cards of various sizes, real tweets and hashtags on the back.