The project Local Worlds broght together a range of international contemporary media art and performance works that explore the relationship between the local and the global, looking at how experiences of travel, diaspora and displacement can inform our perceptions of identity, culture and nation.

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Local Worlds: spaces, visibilities and transcultural flows

Programming: Alexandre Barata

Curated by Lucia Marques and Paula Roush
June 13 to September 7, 2008

The project Local Worlds broght together a range of international contemporary media art and performance works that explore the relationship between the local and the global, looking at how experiences of travel, diaspora and displacement can inform our perceptions of identity, culture and nation. The title refers both to the way the world is part of Lagos local imaginary and the way the local is a form of engagement of the artists with the world they live in.
Juxtaposing for the first time works whose sites of reflection include Portugal (specially the Algarve’s region), other Europes and different Africas, amongst other continents with colonial histories, the project maps out the complex spatialities and subjectivities crossed by those in transit. Engaging with emotional landscapes and personal narratives of place, each work invites the viewer to approach the local — be it intimate, public, real or imaginary — as a psycho geography of everyday objects and practices.
Staged as a discursive platform, the exhibition includes site-specific work, installation, and video screenings, occupying the multiple spaces of Centro Cultural de Lagos, including artistic interventions in the Forte Pau da Bandeira.
During June, July and August the multidisciplinary programme of events also involves performance, workshops, talks and cinema, in order to map the plurality of strategies that currently characterizes the dynamics of the local.
Local Worlds is an initiative designed for the Centro Cultural de Lagos, under the 2th edition of the ALLGARVE and proposes a platform of artistic production for reflection on cultural diversity that characterizes the heterogeneity of cities today.

Participants in the project: Adekunle Detokunbo-Bello, Ângela Ferreira, António Cunha Telles, António Ole, Beatrice Cantazaro, Cláudia Cristóvão, Cláudia Lopes Costa, Eduardo Matos, Eduardo Padilha, Faisal Abdullah, Francisco Vidal, Gustavo Sumpta, Inês Amado, Inês Gonçalves, Jane Thorburn, Jorge Pereira, Jorge Pereirinha Pires, José Pinheiro, Kiluanje Liberdade, LAC, Luísa Homem, Manthia Diawara, Melanie Jackson, Mónica de Miranda, Ondjaki, Paul Goodwin, Pedro Sena Nunes, Psychological Art Circus, Red Bull Music Academy, Renée Green, Ricardo Valentim, Susana de Medeiros, Susana Guardado, Tiago Cutileiro, Uncle C, Vasco Pimentel, Victor Lopes, Ynaîe Dawson.