Art in Landscape of Beira Baixa:
The Art Route of Water Lines (2020-2021)
Menina dos Medos | Girl of the Fears
Sobral Fernando, Proença-a-Nova
Between the hillside of the village of Sobral Fernando and Portas de Almourão, the geography and geology of the banks of the Ocreza River register ancient actions made by nature and human communities.
In some way, Menina dos Medos seeks the re-appropriation of this place by its inhabitants and by those who explore the region, by the perception of the existence of delicacy in an apparent disorderly reality, of a human scale when before an excess of geological memories.
Cunqueiros is a village nestled next to the river, with a relief of difficult and systematic use, where houses are built with the schist extracted from the cliffs and where the river has been a means of transport and energy production. Cunqueiros also symbolises the unifying pole of attraction for fellow villagers who seek a return to their origins.
In the end, the pyro-expanded slate and the lava appearance of Magma Cellar, may evoke an encounter with the primordiality emanating from the place.
from Places to People
Sobral Fernando and Cunqueiros, Proença-a-Nova
In order to understand a place we must first understand a sed of individual and collective memories. “of the Places with the People” collates stories from people who’ve always lived these places, helping us comprehend the landscape beyond the static picture and help us understand the various experiences that are the hallmark of a territory fighting depopulation.