Lugar [Place]

Fábrica de Projetos [Project Factory]

Participatory project with primary schools

After Márcio Carvalho, the second edition of the project ‘Lugar [Place]’ welcomes Fidel Évora as resident artist. In a collaborative process with pupils from the Marquesa de Alorna Primary School in Lisbon, and together with the mediation team, the artist proposes a reflection on the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, examining questions of identity and plurality, such as: How many layers does a self have? Can a self be made of a collective? What is/are identity/ies)? What identities does a country have? What is/are culture(s)? What culture(s) does a country have? What is a revolution? What revolutions are still required?

Centred on the idea of place as a space for building identity, memory and power relations, this project embraces, as a starting point, a plural society with multiple voices and the development of critical and creative thinking, seeking to foster debate, imagination and creation.

Coordinated by Andreia Dias from the education, mediation and participation department at CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian, this second edition will take place throughout the 2023/24 school year and involves 142 students from six 3rd and 4th grade classes. Teachers Bruno Fernandes, Catarina Matos, Conceição Ramos, Sílvia Lino, Taís Kabat Holtz and Vera Camacho, the mediators Mariana Faria and Andreia Coutinho, and the artist Fidel Évora, will be actively involved in the design and development of the project. Fortnightly sessions will culminate in a collective installation to be presented to the public in June 2024.

Part of the ‘Fábrica de Projetos [Project Factory]’ programme, ‘Lugar [Place]’ is a participatory project focused on citizenship, human rights and social justice. On ground shared between the museum and the school, with art as a language of thought and exploring new possible paths for art education in the contemporary world, ‘Lugar [Place]’ invests in values such as empathy, inclusion, equity, interculturality and democracy.

‘Fábrica de Projetos [Project Factory]’ develops educational proposals to promote places of intersection and dialogue between the museum and the school, taking on issues of citizenship as a field of work, reinforcing the civic role of cultural institutions and of art education as a structuring axis.



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