Past Events
38 21'N 07 24'O Castelo da Lousa
temporary exhibition
19 December 2015 - 20 November 2016
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A series of discourses in parallel are on offer in the exhibition, creating complementary readings of the material through several supports, such as drawings, models, photographs, texts, objects, videos, sculpture and the museum itself as a space.

"The site of Lousa Castle cannot be identified today but for its geographical coordinates 38 21′ 33,90 North 07 24′ 21,62 West. The precision of its location reminds us of the geological, topographic and architectonic uniqueness shaped from the course of the River Guadiana throughout thousands of years. Between strategy, need and oportunity, our current conceptions of the site that corresponds to Lousa Castle feed from its Roman foundation to the multiple dimensions which the ruin conjures. Two thousand years of human presence have left profound marks of identity upon this territory, concerning its culture, material and non-material alike. The submersion of Lousa Castle, making it no longer possible to access it directly, draws a gaze that focusses, more than anything else, on the documentation recorded through the ages and on an urgency to cement the memories of those who still grasped the character of this place and the trajectories emanating from it. Through a multidisciplinary work of identification, registry, interpretation, memory and dialogue, the exhibition aims to set in evidence the range of relationships as engendered by the monument. The preparation of the exhibition also provided an opportunity to assemble in the museum a variety of registers up until now scattered, thereby forming an important documentary base. A series of discourses in parallel are on offer in the exhibition, creating complementary readings of the material through several supports, such as drawings, models, photographs, texts, objects, videos, sculpture and the museum itself as a space. Here, the visitor is invited to establish relationships and to form their own reading of the place where Lousa Castle still rests."

Pedro Pacheco, Curator

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