Using a computer program often utilized by the police to make identity sketches of suspects, I proceeded to create false portraits of my family from my memory. If you look at them closely, you will notice that they have been superimposed over pictures of episodes in Portuguese history. The colonial conflict with Mozambique marks my grandfather Manuel’s face, military manoeuvres on 25 de Abril Bridge the face of João. Women workers weaving rattan cane, soldiers from the First World War, a soccer team, a bourgeois family portrait, ravaged landscapes: appearing just beneath the surface, these scenes extend my family’s roots into the history of a nation. If my portrait, by contrast, resembles a virgin expanse, it is so that their lives and their world will root my belonging and take me beyond it.