The second edition of the Portimão International Painting Symposium will start on September 23rd, and will run until September 28th, between 9.30 am and 6.30 pm at the Portimão Museum.
This event, which will take place in the auditorium hall of the Museum of Portimão and in the immediate vicinity, will be attended by artists from Azerbaijan, Romania and emerging artists from the national scene who will be working in public space, exposing their process, their doubts and concerns. During the Symposium, each artist will produce a work that, during its realization process, will stimulate dialogue about the Man and Earth dichotomy, emphasized by the participants' different cultural and generational perspectives. The program of this Symposium also includes the activity “Artist for a Day”, in which daily will be attended by several artists who will have punctual interventions and help stimulate debate among the participants.
This initiative invites the general public to reflect on a fundamental contemporary issue, the “Anthropocene”, a concept popularized by scientist Paul J. Crutzen in his 2002 article in the journal Nature. Crutzen proposed the term to describe the geological period following the Holocene. This proposal is based on information gathered from ice cores through which it could link the industrial revolution at the end of the century. XVIII, and increases in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. "These results allow us to put into perspective and evidence that man has become a geological force by itself with active participation in the path of the earth system," says the organization.
Adil Yusif and Zarnishen Yusif from Azerbaijan, Maria Balea from Romania, Sebastião Cavaco and Tito Chambino are the artists whose works will be on display.
On September 28, at 18h00, the closing ceremony of the initiative will take place in the hall of the Museum, where the artists will have the opportunity to present the works and share their perspectives on the works developed. The event is a production of the Cuneo Sularte Cultural Association, curated by Arlindo Arez and Leandro Arez with the institutional support of the Portimão City Council.