“As Mulheres do meu País”

Maria Lamas and Her Women

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These tours will cover topics of Maria Lamas life and work, in an exhibition showing for the first time in Portugal.

The focus of the current exhibition, curated by Jorge Calado, will therefore be the photographic work of Maria Lamas. It features a selection of 67 of her photographs, mostly vintage prints of small dimensions (between 8 x 6 cm and 14 x 18 cm), but also some enlarged ones. In addition to these, vintage prints by other photographers included in the work Mulheres do meu país will be exhibited. Some of Maria Lamas’ personal objects will also be on display, as well as her portrait painted by Júlio Pomar in 1954 and a plaster bust sculpted in 1929 by Júlio de Sousa. The section devoted to her literary and journalistic work will include copies of first editions of fundamental books, children’s literature, poetry and fiction, translations, some journalism.

Maria Lamas (1893–1983), journalist and writer, educator and ethno-social researcher, translator and photographer, fighter for human and civil rights in times of dictatorship, was perhaps the most remarkable Portuguese woman of the 20th century. While there is a certain memory of her political affirmation and action during the Estado Novo (1930–1960, which led to her imprisonment in 1949, 1951 and 1953) and her exile in Paris (1962–1969), her literary and journalistic work is practically forgotten. Very few of her books – more than twenty works including poetry, fiction, children’s literature, social anthropology, translation – are available on the market.

Duration: 60 min. Participants: 10 – 25 Language: Português / Inglês / Francês


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