19 May-3 September 2017
The Promised Land – Requiem para Vilarinho das Furnas, 1979 integrates "The Accidental Photographer Serialism and Experimentation in Portugal, 1968-1980", curated by Delfim Sardo. This exhibition is an attempt to map the critical and conceptual use of photography by visual artists in Portugal. The performance took place at the opening with the reading of texts by Freud, Fucault, the Bible, similar to the performance at the opening at SNBA in 1980. The exhibition also includes works by Alberto Carneiro, Ângelo de Sousa, Fernando Calhau, Helena Almeida, Jorge Molder, José Barrias, Julião Sarmento and Vítor Pomar. A catalogue was launched with texts by Delfim Sardo, Sérgio Mah, Ernesto de Sousa, Eduardo Batarda, Fernando Pernes, Leonel Moura and Alberto Carneiro. Covering a period that was heavily marked by the Revolution of 25 April, 1974, the exhibition reveals the important changes taking place in Portuguese art at what proved to be a difficult time for the cultural inscription of artists' proposals. As this represents the first attempt to present this fascinating creative panorama, the exhibition also provides a rare opportunity to understand the transformations in the uses that were made of photography.