CAM in Motion: Place

Fábrica de Projetos [Project Factory]

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From June to October, in a shipping container in the Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, we will be presenting an installation created by primary school pupils in Lisbon in collaboration with the artist Márcio Carvalho, as part of CAM’s project 'Fábrica de Projetos' [Project Factory]. 

This installation is a site-specific collaborative work resulting from the residency of Márcio Carvalho (1981, Lagos, Portugal) across four Lisbon primary schools. Over a nine-month period, the artist collaborated with 163 pupils, seven teachers and four art educators to explore the notion of “place/lugar” as the intersection between identity, memory and structures of power.

LUGAR(es), the resulting art installation, challenges how knowledge is traditionally produced in both the school and the museum, calling for alternative ways of learning in which children actively participate and produce their own meaning.

In this way, the power dynamics of the conventional classroom are flipped by symbolically placing the students’ desk on the roof and amplifying their collective voice through a sonic installation.





Inside, students’ drawings are complemented by Márcio Carvalho’s own large-scale work depicting the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and championing the need for plural and diverse narratives versus one canonical official History. Taking his cue from martial arts, Carvalho’s Judo fighters use the weight of the monument and its colonial legacy to provoke collective remembrance and foster new (and fairer) relationships between past, present and future. Through deep engagement with artistic practice, LUGAR(es) aims to bolster critical and creative thinking in education through debate, imagination and co-creation.

On 18 May, International Museum Day, a conversation was held – ‘Place Creators’ [Fazedores de Lugares] – in the site where the container is placed, with the participation of Márcio Carvalho, Andreia Dias (CAM) and mediators Andreia Coutinho, Joana Simões Piedade and Mariana Faria, as well as participating pupils and teachers. The installation will be on display in the Garden of the Foundation until the 2nd of October, where there will be guided tours on the 23rd and 28th of September.

Márcio Carvalho was born in 1981 in Lagos, Portugal. He holds a MA in Performing Arts from UDK/HZT Berlin, Germany, and a MA in Visual Arts from ESAD – Caldas da Rainha.

His artistic and research work is based on different technologies and practices linked to autobiographical and collective memory, investigating how they influence the memorial construction of past events. Márcio uses art as a tool to examine representational memories that are embedded in different urban and private environments, especially the ones that still commemorate colonialism and Imperialism.

Márcio Carvalho is the author of two drawings, part of the “Falling Thrones” series, that were among the 60 works by 21 artists that were presented at the exhibition “Europa Oxalá”, in 2022, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.



CAM in Motion is an ‘outdoor’ programme that brings together a series of site-specific interventions by artists and exhibitions with works from the Collection in different spaces in the city of Lisbon and its surroundings. More info

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