Humans develop emotional responses between humans and non-humans, in and of their surroundings, in a given physical space, projecting affectivities in relation to a territory they recognize as belonging. However, the senses of belonging and affectivity do not always correspond to the maps that regulate the legal easements or territorial administrations of a given country, region, county, city or neighborhood. In Trafaria, the human experience with the geographic environment has configured a certain toponymy, expressed in names like Monte de Areia, Torre, Torrão, Torralta, Madame Faber, and possibly patterned by the memory deposits of the inhabitants who settled there.

From this intuition, we explore the possibility of the borders or limits of each neighborhood, block to be (re)configured. Starting from the questioning about images of border demarcation missions on the African continent, which is part of the Photo Impulse Project, this workshop seeks to build an affective cartography of Trafaria, with the Trafarians - from the memories of its inhabitants, their stories and experiences, which may not necessarily coincide with the administrative boundaries of the territory.

The (re)configuration of a Trafarians' affective territory will be created by depositing the testimonies of its inhabitants (map) and by making ephemeral physical marks (sculptures) related to the aforementioned mapping, and that may travel to the various sites defined for marking, and that work in a performative and itinerant way.

Authors: Margarida Medeiros, Helena Elias, Teresa Mendes Flores

From: 16/11/2022
To: 19/11/2022
  • Local identity & Heritage
Local identity & heritage