project-space



mais uno +1 is a project-space at Largo Residências that seeks to explore hypothesis of relationships between  a space
+ Largo do Intendente
+ artist of the month
+ the community
+ you
—  project duration
    2021 - 2022

—  curators
    Angela Fellowes
    Inês Nêves

—  artists
    Angela Fellowes    (Nov 2021)
    Lígia Fernandes    (Jan 2022)
    Nicole Sánchez     (Feb 2022)
    mais uno +1        (Mar 2022)



The project mais uno +1 contemplates the definition and management of an exhibition space, stemming from the interpretation of the curatorial exercise's as:
  1. A shared act that is generated or is executed by more than one person, a way of testing hypothesis of relationships;
  2. An artistic act that establishes a way of exploring and creating collective practices;
  3. An act of premeditated spontaneity that prepares and facilitates the necessary conditions to the occurrence of organic encounters and events through artistic expression.

Through this perspectice, the construction of the space’s rationale, identity, communication and operation becomes an act of common creation that functions as a territory for reunion and mediation. Thus, the exhibition space adopts the nature of project-space. In a project-space the artistic practice is process-based: comented, presented, considered, tried and co-produced, seeking collaborative and/or participatory, and interdisciplinary processes.

With emphasis on the exploration of the involved actors’ different dynamics and energies, and considering that the collective is comprised of ones (1+1+1+1+...), which is on its own one as well, the the project-space mais uno + 1 (in english, more united +1) operates in a relational and incremental way that seeks to activate its potential for social and urban restoration and local artistic revitalization one link at a time.

(project-space) = mais uno
mais uno + 1 (actor* A) = uno (united)
mais uno + 1 + 1 (actor* B) = uno (united)
mais uno + 1 + 1 + 1 (actor* C) = uno (united)


* Someone/something able to cause effect which can
be composed by one or more. Example: neighbors, artists,
residents, workers from the institution, students, etc.

— projetos

Angela Fellowes
"Our Memory"









A collection of memories from Largo do Intendente in Lisbon drawn on the Café's placemats.




Lígia Fernandes "grandma did not tell me"




Granma did not tell me about her childhood, about what it was like to be born and live in Portugal.

Granma did not tell me that she saves her first love’s picture in an album, but does not show it to anyone.

Granma did not tell me she escaped from war with the money she could hide inside her vagina.

Granma did not tell me about the day she stopped playing the piano.

Granma did not tell me anything about how grandpa went away and left her with my mom.

Granma did not tell me about the prostitution of cabaret and magazine artists.

Granma did not tell me about the black victims from the ex-Colonies’ independency.

Granma did not tell me that rich girls could not go to school.

Granma did not tell me about her trip through the african continent.

Granma did not tell me about her childhood job.

Granma did not tell me about her career as a singer and radio artist.

Granma did not tell me about grandpa’s lovers.

Granma did not tell me about great–great-grandpa, who was from São Tomé e Príncipe and could have been a slave trafficker.

Granma did not tell me about her impossible passion for a man of another social class.

Granma did not tell me about great-grandpa, who was a jazz musician, and who she only met while he was asleep.

Granma did not tell me why she sent mom to boarding school.

Granma did not tell me about the 25th of April.

Granma did not tell me about her childhood at the Tivoli theatre.

Granma did not tell me about this Lisbon, which is made of so many layers.

Granma did not tell me that I was the first woman of the family to be born in Freedom.

That I discovered, after I listened to her.


Text: Lígia Fernandes, based in true testimonies collected with the users of the N. Sra. dos Anjos day center between May and September 2020. 

Since March 2020 with the triggering of the COVID-19 pandemic, most community spaces in Lisbon closed down — between them, the Nossa Senhora dos Anjos day center. For many of their users, the day center activities were the only moments of social interaction in their quotidian. The pandemic revealed itself especially difficult for the elder generation, which found itself confined at home in situations of extreme solitude. It was in this context that I received an urgent invitation from LARGO Residências to develop an artistic initiative with the Nossa Senhora dos Anjos day center.

The project “family portraits” was part of that initiative. It was the first one I undertook after the occurrence of the pandemic. There were several weeks of collecting images and life stories from the different users. The collection consisted of visits to their houses and a conversation that ran to the rhythm of the family album’s pages being turned. Life stories with many pauses and resumptions. From this initiative, the project “grandma did not tell me” was born: a collection-in-progress from the stories and life’s images of the oldest generation of women in different parts of the world. I re-construct, through drawing, a feminine narrative of the story that remained unwritten. In January 2022, I return to the images collected at the space “mais uno +1.




                       

Photography: Nicole Sánchez


Nicole Sánchez
"Neighborhood Studio"



The month of February at Largo Café Estúdio and at the project-space mais uno +1 is dedicated to photography. The project "Neighborhood Studio" by Nicole Sánchez seeks to capture the essence of the Intendente community by reviving a tradition that — with the passing of time, the emergence of photomatons, compact digital cameras and smartphones — became extinct.

The neighbourhood's photography studios have represented for decades a place of celebration, reunion, rite, where people, friends and families would get together on special occasions (and not only), adorning themselves with their prettiest dress or more brilliantine in their hair than usual. At the same time, these studios also became a place of archive: in their windows were added the polished faces of the neighbourhood, the passport photographs, the family portraits, or the images of the baby that had just been born. Every face that built that neighborhood, that community, that extended family was mirrored.

By reconstructing this “neighborhood studio” in the project-space mais uno +1, Nicole seeks to comfort the nostalgia for a meeting place consumed by time. For a month, neighbors will again be able to put on their best tie, wear their brightest nail polish, and come together for a photo. A photo that they can take home, frame, and put on the living room wall, to remind them that, after all, they belong to something more united. As a showcase, Largo Café Estúdio presents the results of the "Neighborhood Studio" that was set up in December 2021.


Fotografia: Nicole Sánchez







Photography: Inês Gil Silva (Sounds Like a Plan Photography)




mais uno +1
"Sundays of Creation"



In the midst of the military dictatorship in Brazil — and three years before its end in Portugal — the “Sundays of Creation” took place in 1971 at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. By the initiative of Frederico Morais, and through the action and imagination of the hundreds of people who gathered, every Sunday there was an act of creation, dialogue and collective celebration. This action was assumed as a true political rupture at a time when freedom was not a possibility.

In March 2022, at Largo do Intendente, in Lisbon, we remembered the “Sundays of Creation” at Largo Café Estúdio. As a part of the LARGO Residências Cultural Cooperative, many Sundays dedicated to culture and art also happened here. Over the last 10 years, the Café has been pulsating in this square as a meeting and dialogue center in the Intendente Neighborhood.

During these latest actions by Largo Café Estúdio in Largo do Intendente, we invited its community to create with us. Each Sunday of this month was dedicated to a form of expression — words, images, lines, movements — in honor of all the people, artists and exchanges that have passed through here, and the different types of language used. Thus, we invited everybody to goodbye to the Café Estúdio, to thank it and tell it that it belongs to us, that it lives within us and it will continue to last in time. 

Simultaneously, in the adjacent mais uno +1, we accumulated the affections and expressions exchanged throughout these Sundays in a fanzine project. The fanzine became an open studio, an artistic project, a participatory process and an archival exhibition, where the words spoken, the images captured, the lines drawn and the movements performed were united and immortalized each of its pages.


 Photography: Nicole Sánchez, LARGO Residências, and Zé Luís C.








 








stories lived and to be lived



Activities for children.
—  project duration
    July 2022

—  curators
    Manu Romeiro
    Lígia Fernandes
    Inês Nêves

—  project site
    Agrupamento de Escolas do Catujal (Unhos, Lisboa)

—  partner entities
    Parish Council of Camarate, Unhos e Apelação
    AMRT Transcultural
This project stems from a partnership with the Parish Council of Camarate, Unhos and Apelação and AMRT Transcultural. This partnership seeks to create and explore continuous relationships between the Quinta da Fonte neighbourhood and a community of artists working with social, situated and participatory art. Quinta da Fonte: warm neighbourhood embroidered in yellow and bathed in yellow. Warm neighbourhood with much life surely, but sometimes unseen. This is how they painted Quinta da Fonte and this is how we saw it, when we visited. And so they asked, and we consented, to nurture that wamth.

The partner entities, throughout a long work with the territory, identified in Quinta da Fonte a weak social cohesion and connection between the different local associations, manifesting a need to rethink the current relocation, community and identity models. It was based on this analysis of the territory, and on the will to create opportunities for artists to develop work with the local community that we initiated this partnership, aiming, through the organisation of artistic creation projects, to develop and share tools for the community to continue developing continuously the work catalyzed by us. We seek to explore artistically and, hopefully, strengthen the connection between those stepping on the warm soil of Quinta da Fonte: their inhabitants, the local entities, the artists, and the territory itself.

The children activities “Stories lived and to be lived”, was the first initiative rising from this collaboration: a first contact to help us learn the real or imagined stories, the dreams and lives of the children that inhabit the warm neighbourhood of Quinta da Fonte.











— “stories lived and to be lived”
“When I was seven, or eight, I can’t remember, I went to Marrocco. And in a city whose name I can’t remember anymore, we went to a hotel that looked like a castle. And there was a piano. I was playing notes randomly because I didn’t know how to play yet. So I feel like going back there now. Because now I know how to play.”


The past is recent (if not present), and the memories — so alive — make us shiver just for thinking of them… They generate laughter, desires. By going and returning with no difficulties, we imagine a near and glorious future, with no fear. Unlike adults who, through stories (once lived, now told), nostalgically touch and re-live the past, children experience their stories as a process of understanding, learning and playing. By remembering and imagining, they navigate the many directions of what is possible and impossible. Everything fits within the imagination! 

This program of activities for children between the ages of 6 and 12 gathered different multidisciplinary proposals related with childhood stories: stories that shape and mark us as adults, and that are the present of the children of today. 


“And then, when I was exiting to the balcony, there was no backyard, it was a balcony. Uhm… we always messed with the plant vases to place them somewhere else and clean them… so one day we lifted a vase and it was full of ssssluuuuuuggggggsssssssss… since that day I began to be afraid of slugs, because… one of them climbed to my arm… hmmmm… eesssshhhh…”

    
— Atividades

Manu Ribeiro
"Here a story was told"


A drawing and spoken narrative activity. This activity was organized in pairs. Each 2 children executed two activities: at a turn, one told a story as the other drew what they were hearing. We selected a group with older kids for this workshop, as it potentiated the sharing of feelings, psoposing the challenge to become emotionally vulnerable before their friends and peers. “Here a story was told” was an activity for leaning not only how to draw, create, imagine and communicate, but also a challenge to look inside oneself and open up to others.













Alessandra Vilela
"Watercolour painting on fabric workshop"


This workshop focused on painting with watercolours on fabric. Alessandra focused the session on teaching the watercolour technique and explaining basic notions on the colour scheme. By providing a new technical skill, Alessandra sought to stimulate the children’s creativity, and explore freedom of expression, allowing them to find their own voice.


Liz Melchor
"Let's Make a Monkey Story!"


Let's Make a Robot Monkey Story: an afternoon where the children each colored, adjusted, and added to a monkey outline that was plotted by the pen plotter (drawing robot). The goal was to make a very short stop motion animation. They each held part of the collective story. It aimed to integrate the childhood fun of cartoons, offer an interaction with technological tools, and to show them that together they each will have responsibility and autonomy to make one part of a unified story.




Ana André
"Stories and paper dolls"


In the activity “Stories and paper dolls” two stories were told, and for each story the children were taught how to make a paper doll through folding and cutting, and make a shirt for that figure. By shaping the figure, children personalised their toy: in some cases they created a replica of themselves, in others, a replica of a tutelary or heroic figure.




Carla Luís “Human Rights: what are they and should they be?”


In this activity called “Human Rights:what are they and should they be?”, we talked about Human Rights: the Rights that we have and the ones we should have. The children were invited to talk about these aspects and produce visual materials (by drawing and writing) related with the topic. The materials were then hung on the wall in an exhibition format, giving a voice to the children’s participation.







 Photography: Nicole Sánchez and Inês Nêves











 

sonic frontiers


Sonic Frontiers was a musical event which aimed to explore and present current waves and directions of contemporary, experimental music. 
—  project date
    18 th February

—  curators
    Dorottya Ács

—  project location/ partner
    Prisma Estúdio (Lisbon)

—  audience
    50-60 people












—  artists
The event consisted of 3 concerts by local and international artists presenting their projects within the genres of looping, distorted vocal arrangements,  post-punk noise, electronic, sound design, and ambient/atmospheric. Invited artists are currently exploring what experimentalism means for them in their own musical practice. 

We were lucky to count with the help of Pisma Estúdio to create this event. They provide us with the venue for the concert, that had the perfect ambient to invite the audience and the artists to collaborate in a common atmosphere. 













Human Name is the stage name for experimental loop musician Steven Stringer. Human Name utilises a combination of looping guitar,  soft vocal arrangements and improvised sounds blossoming into dream-like textures.


Fransico Zedde is a musical multitalent brings his electric, post-punk one-man band Tonto. Performed on acoustic drums, electronics and soul wrenching vocals, Tonto’s rumbling tour stops in Lisbon for a night of consuming experimentalism.


Fake Music For Travellers is a Lisbon-based experimental musical duo consisting of Fernando Cainço and Rui Veiga - one on analogue keyboards and the other on electronics and guitar. An ambient ensemble of synthesizers traveling through time, space,  into the deep, into contemplation, into elevation.


— team
Dorottya Ács (HU)  
  cultural manager /
music producer
Alina Shpakova (RU)
 UX designer / painter / sketcher

Laura Jiménez (ES)
designer

Margot Demey (BE)
art curator / researcher






Photography: Laura Jiménez










 

Grasping Time: Drawing in the Here and Now



The exhibition comprises drawings produced during the live-drawing sessions organized weekly by Lisbon Drawing Club; as a retrospective on the hands, bodies, and minds that have passed through these meetings during 2022. 
—  project duration
    25th - 27th November

—  curators
    Alexia Alexandropolous
    Inês Nêves
    Alina Shpakova
    Dorottya Ács
    Elžbieta Upė Rozanovaitė

—  project location/logistic partners
    Fabrica Braço de Prata (Lisbon)

—  partner entities
    Lisbon Drawing Club

Drawing, as a primary visual language, is essential for communication and expression and many times just as important as written and verbal skills. The need to understand the world through visual lenses seems more urgent than ever: images transcend the barriers of language and enhance communications in an increasingly fluid society, in a world that changes rapidly and where nothing remains the same.

Considering this rapid change to be inevitable, we proposed the theme Here And Now, which can contain multiple  meanings. First, it creates urgency. It causes the act of stopping for a moment and understanding the present before it is too late. Secondly, it represents the literal action of the Lisbon Drawing Club: People being together in a space, focusing on the present, and drawing. This togetherness allows them to experience a very unique moment of creation, reflection, and representation.


The human body has been a central preoccupation of artists since the first known forms of human expression, gaining more relevance within the Drawing field since the Renaissance. But how can the body be drawn? The drawings in this exhibition are not accomplished only in an illustrative sense, there is not just interest in portraiture or in conveying accurate details, but the tension is to give emphasis to the subject of the life within.

The artists’ inner desire is to register the human condition and to communicate it to the world, by creating a storytelling emotional effect. Through quiet contemplation, the viewers can see the body’s different sensations and forms, as well as the images evocatively suggested by these works. While they may look small in scale, they open up a wide space to rethink the actual notion of the body and the human condition.

By collecting drawings from the Here and Now, this exhibition also grasped the mutation of time. Moments are ever-evolving, time continuously transforms the (now-past) present into a new (more-current) present. Each of the selected drawings testifies to the liveliness of both the drawer and those being drawn; for life means movement, action, and transformation. Therefore, this exhibition acts as an archive of moments in time, an archive of people and connections. Here and Now might seem difficult or uncertain, but it can also be a great time to live —  unquestionably, a time worth grasping.


Texto curatorial: Alexia Alexandropoulou e Inês Nêves

— team
Alexia Alexandropoulou  
  curator /
art producer
Alina Shpakova
 visual artist

Dorottya Ács
painter

Inês Nêves (PT)
multidisciplinary artist






Photography: Nicole Sánchez





Photography: LDC Website











 
    

Play(The Under)ground


MaisUno +1 presents the Play(The Under)ground project, which provides a creative space for anyone who wants to show their own art in a space that has direct contact with the city's public.


—  project duration
    2024 - ongoing

—  project site
    Metro Picoas

—  curators
    Aino Garcia Vainio
    Eugenia Bianchessi
    Ioanna Kaloudioti
    Joyce Ward
    Kalle Hübel
    Karina Zelonka
    Léa Heudes
    Sophia Niederkofler

—  partner entities
    METROCOM
    ASTRATE
    LIZ MELCHOR
    (Curious Monkey)

—  artists
    Mais Uno +1
    Malibu Ninjas
    Argelia Bravo,
    Max Provenzano,
    Sandra Viva,
    Juan Carlos Urrutia,
    Eliseo Solís Mor,
    Muu Blanco Carlo,
    Salazar-Lermont,
    Ignacio Pérez Pére,
    Macjob Parabavis,
    Dixon Calvetti,
    Flix           
    Ana Andrè    
    Greg Hannan
    Aurelie D’Incau
We are delighted to announce the official opening of one of our cultural spaces at Picoas Metro Station, made possible through partnership with METROCOM.

This initiative was made possible through a partnership with METROCOM and sponsorship by LIZ MELCHIOR (CURIOUS MONKEY) & ASTRATEC. Starting in April, together with artists from different fields, we will fill the project space with a diverse range of projects, ideas, workshops, exhibitions, performances and more!

The goal of the project space is Bringing art in the underground, in order to explore the unique dynamics and challenges of working in unconventional spaces like metro stations.

Would you like to showcase an exhibition, art fair, workshop, performance, or a creative idea you feel needs to be shared with the world? PLAY (THE UNDER) GROUND - OPEN CALL - POP UP CULTURAL SPACE - PICOAS is still receiving applications and awaits for your creatives ideas to come to life throughout the months of APRIL, MAY and JUNE 2024.

This is an ongoing open call and projects will be selected according to space availability and relevance of the proposal. You can apply individually or collectively.
For more details and to submit your application
CLICK HERE
— Events
SITIOS DE MANIOBRAS Y OTRAS BRECHAS




BOJAGUI IN PORTUGAL
Window to Colors








MALIBU NINJA
"Bazar Bizarro"



The Malibu Ninjas are a group of multi-disciplinary artists from Lisbon. The collective was created in 2017 with the aim of applying the art of the Ninjas to various types of media. Their fascination with pop culture, psychedelism and surrealism unfolds in the Malibu universe in the form of satires on issues and conflicts, both personal and collective, that we are confronted with on a daily basis as individuals and as a society. In a humorous tone, the Ninjas invoke in their work a celebration of life and a challenge to the human condition, with the intention of dematerialising our conceptions of worldly forms and beings.




  



  


Photos by: Nicole Sánchez







MaisUno +1
Poets Passing By


Part 1
From the 6th to the 19th of April 2024, we embarked on a creative journey by collecting poems, thoughts, and texts from people passing by our space in the metro station. We invited them to express themselves by writing on post-its or contributing to the large paper displayed on our wall.
On the last day of the project, we hosted an inspiring poetry slam, featuring many talented writers who captivated the audience with their poems.

Building on the success and enthusiasm generated by this initiative, we decided to continue our project with an exhibition. From the 18th to the 20th of May, the collective poem created from the contributions we received will be showcased along the works presented on the poetry slam event.

Moreover, our mission to infuse the city with the magic of poetry, will become a reality thanks to the spread of the poems exhibited throughout the city of Lisbon.
 

    



    


Photos by: Nicole Sánchez


Poets Passing By” - the exhibition


Part 2
After the event, the poems collected were exhibited in the Picoas metro space, where people could come and read them.

The various poems were also spread around the city. A map would lead the visitors of the exhibition to discover which corner of the city might’ve hold a poem for them!


Photos by: Nicole Sánchez









ANA ANDRÈ
"Bem te vi"



Ana André LusoBrasileira was born in Lisbon and emigrated to Brazil at the age of 16, where she has lived since 1975. A multimedia artist whose work is a dialogue that reveals (dis)connections between nature and the urban, she graduated in Architecture from USP in 1983. Her career as a visual artist began in 1984, and since then she has exhibited her work in various exhibitions, winning several awards.



  

From ‘Poetic Encounters’ Casa das Rosas, 2005 Assemblage / Poetry, incorporates poetry and the word in plastic productions. The work is a dialogue that reveals (dis)Connections between Nature and the Urban, 2024 participates in the exhibition ‘Lines that weave Poetic Landscapes’ at UMAPAZ, São Paulo. Inspired by the daily experience of walking, being in the world and being aware of its existence. This sensitivity manifests itself in her works in the relationships between line, body, nature, light and shadow.




  


Photos by: Nicole Sánchez







GREG HANNAN
Figures in flux



Greg Hannan is a British painter. His work orbits the human figure with elements of surrealism and abstraction fuelling explorations that return to that subject with fresh discoveries. He works primarily in acrylic paint, mixing in other media, often spurred by the irrepressible urge to draw with something that resembles a stick.

He grew up in England on the Kentish coast in Folkestone and lived a decade in London, where he studied at Camberwell, but quit halfway. Now based in Lisbon, where the coast sometimes reminds him of home.







  




based in Lisbon, Portugal
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