“ART STABS POWER – Que se vayan todos!” curated by Inês Valle – is an exhibition focusing on the several policies of austerity imposed to Portugal, its impacts in Society and in the Arts. Art has always remained a critical and conscious platform reflecting upon the local social and political issues that consequentially mirror global politics and international interests. Thus it explores the current interrelationships between art, activism and politics through several art projects. These projects use performance, installation, video, painting and objects as mediums of manifestation and/or reflection on the current austerity policies that have brutally impacted the lives of the Europeans and Portuguese people as well as the future of their country.
“POLITICAL ART HAS DOUBTS, NOT CERTAINTIES; IT HAS INTENSIONS, NOT PROGRAMS; IT SHARES WITH THOSE WHO FIND IT RATHER THAN IMPOSING ON THEM…” – TANIA BRUGUERA
In the recent times, specifically in the aftermath of the worldwide financial crisis, we have been starting to observe in the Portuguese population a shift in societal behaviours, becoming united facing the several policies of austerity imposed by international organizations. The population have been driven to the abyss’s verge, precariously surviving without any envision of a prosperous future, manifesting their frustration against the government’s decisions, which is mostly corrupt and blatantly meanders through a system of lobbies.