The exhibition project ‘Africa – Perspectives of the Office of Colonial Urbanization 1944-1974’ interacts with the wide space without barriers that characterizes the former South Garage of Belém Cultural Center (CCB), recently transformed in an exhibition venue for architecture.
Models, drawings, and photographs, produced by architects and engineers, suggest a critical imaginary about the former Portuguese Africa in the final period of colonization (1944-1974). All the elements were suspended on the celling, floating over the exposition area. The pavement was also used as a support for the display, integrating information and plans of the exposed buildings.
The cadence of projects didn’t follow the boundaries of the current five African countries that share the same Portuguese colonial past (Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, and Mozambique), on the contrary it explored the idea of a totalizing strategy, thought from Lisbon for all the colonial territories in the dictatorship period. In the end of the exposition hall, a table display reveals qualified documentation, as reliquary of the old Office of Colonial Urbanization.
Promotor Centro Cultural, de Belém
Curador Ana Vaz Milheiro
Architecture Paulo Tormenta Pinto
Collaboration Rosa Maria Bastos, Joana Moreira
Design Vivóeusébio
3D Simulation David Martins, Inês Amaro, Jorge Silva, Márcio Bonifácio, Mariana Brandão, Nuno Roque
Consultant Miguel Vilar / BETAR
Project 2013
Location Lisbon
Photography FG+SG and João Carmo Simões