Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Maria Lusitano, PT

Video essay exhibited at Museo San Telmo

The project narrated the experience of a colonial Portuguese family living in Mozambique during the crucial years leading up to the independence of the colony. In a complex reversal of perspectives, the Portuguese artist Maria Lusitano omitted any trace of oppression by concentrating on everyday images and sentimental recollections, thus leading viewers to identify with the colonisers.