April 25: Images reinterpreted by contemporary artists on display at Lisnave


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Seven artists born after April 25, 1974 have reinterpreted images taken by photographer Alfredo Cunha during the ‘Carnation Revolution’, and the result can be seen at the former Lisnave shipyards in Almada from Saturday.

With free admission, the exhibition “Portals of Time”, promoted by the Underdogs gallery in partnership with Almada Town Hall, “proposes a friendly dialog between photographs selected by Alfredo Cunha and seven artists – Ana Malta, Fidel Évora, Inês Teles, Márcio Carvalho, Pedro Gramaxo, Petra.Preta and Raquel Belli – from the first generation that didn’t experience April 25 personally, but grew up with this event in the collective consciousness,” reads the curatorial text of the exhibition.

Visitors are invited “to think about the revolution and its meaning, and the way its legacy is highlighted today,” through the work of artists who “grew up in a free Portugal thanks” to April 25, 1974.

The seven were challenged by Underdogs to “choose, reflect and dialogue” with Alfredo Cunha’s photographs, “inviting visitors to enter this portal of time and offering a new and personal reading of these images and the past”.

The works, on canvases seven meters high and twelve meters wide, convey different ideas: “from hope for a better future, the importance of collective action, communication and solidarity to freedom”, but also “exclusion, the demystification of discourses, the absence, at times, of learning that leads to an obvious regression”.

“Portals of Time”, which is part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of April 25, 1974, is curated by Pauline Foessel, who founded the cultural platform Underdogs with Alexandre Farto (Vhils) in 2010.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday at 14:30, with a guided tour with the curator and the artists at 15:00, and a staged visit with the artists Isabel Costa and Polido at 16:00.

“Portals of Time”, which will be on show until July 13, also has a cultural program designed by the urban culture intervention platform Iminente.

The program includes workshops, staged visits and a photo marathon, activities developed by artists taking part in the show, such as Raquel Belli and Fidel Évora, and other artists, such as Isabel Costa, Polido, Joana Manaças and photographer Vera Marmelo.

The activities are free but, with the exception of the staged visits, require prior registration. Registrations should be made via the following email: [email protected].

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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