The series “Fundação Lar do Emigrante Português no Mundo” (Foundation Home for Portuguese Emigrants in the World) is a photographic and research project carried out between 2016 and 2020. The project developed in the ruins of the headquarters of the Foundation Home for Portuguese Emigrants in the World, a small satellite city built in the 1980’s on a forested area in the north of Portugal. The institution, planned and partially constructed by an emigrant returned from Venezuela, was intended to welcome others who, like him, had returned to Portugal. However, due to the megalomania of the private initiative and lack of funding, the enterprise failed.
The place is abandoned and there are the usual traces of vandalism, but also signs of occupation by extreme right groups. The images in the series suggest a mapping of the space so as to stop at the signs of its recent use by neo-nazi groups, images which are the most disturbing of the series. The iconographic dialogue that develops provokes a reflection on the permeability of the concept of Utopia, and ends with an irony that seems to exemplify the scale of the social crises that are now being faced in many countries and which particularly jeopardize the integrity of the European Union and its objectives.
Text by Vera Carmo
Inkjet print on paper Fine Art . Different dimensions . Edition: 5+1AP