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“Commotion”: Portuguese urban art celebrating diversity, in the centre of Europe

28 Mar · 10h00

© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Tony da Silva/LUSA

A large-scale artistic installation, authored by Alexandre Farto and produced with the participation of 19 artists, is being exhibited at the nerve centre of decision making in Brussels, the Justus Lipsius building. An initiative under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, it may be visited until the end of June. 

Visual compositions

To give substance to “Commotion”, each artist created visual compositions in the light of his or her individual artistic language, which were printed on flag-shaped cloth.

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© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Tony da Silva/LUSA

This synergy has resulted in a monumental work of art that displays diversity, pluralism, equality, interaction, dialogue, cooperation, and the convergence of people and discourses, and ideas and practices: the fundamental values of the European project and contemporary democracies. “Commotion” also symbolises a green Europe, since all the materials used have been recycled. 

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© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Tony da Silva/LUSA

“ Given the present difficult and challenging economic situation we are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact it has had on the arts sector, I thought it an excellent opportunity to extend the invitation I received to other artists ”

Vhils, the artist Alexandre Farto

A new generation ofmale and femaleartists worked together to produce thisinstallation, in celebration of the multiplicity of their origins and aesthetic languages: ±MaisMenos±, Abdel Queta Tavares, Add Fuel, AkaCorleone, André da Loba, Bráulio Amado, Francisco Vidal, Halfstudio, Herberto Smith, Jorge Charrua, Kruella d'Enfer, Mar, Maria Imaginário, Nuno Alecrim, Pedrita Studio, Raquel Belli, Tamara Alves, Teresa Esgaio, and Wasted Rita.

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© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021 / Tony da Silva/LUSA

The collaborative piece, which may be compared to a coloured and varied Tower of Babel, seeks to invite visitors to reflect on, discuss and give greater significance to diversity. Aspects that Alexandre Farto understands “as fundamental, especially in the context and the place in which the installation has been set up, at a time when the world is confronting enormous crises”.