On the 25th of April, exactly forty-seven years after the actual event, we are proud to present a photography exhibition by someone that was actually onsite and witnessed the carnation revolution first hand. Mário Varela Gomes who was then an Architecture student, was at the right place at the right time and, in the streets of Lisbon, captured the moments that turned that April morning into a new period in the history of Portugal.
With this exhibition we would like to take you along with the photographer and imagine what it would be like to be there, witnessing history happening and absorbing the winds of freedom that started blowing in the first hours of that spring day.
Architect by Escola Superior de Belas-Artes de Lisboa (1976), pursued his studies in history and archaeology, namely in the area of Prehistoric art, in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, England and Sweden. Doctor in History, specialising in Archaeology, from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2010), where he has taught Archaeology and Cognitive Archaeology, since 1997. He is the author of dozens of books and about 300 articles, on
the topics of history, archaeology, ethnography and art.
Has taken part in numerous art exhibitions since 1967, showing paintings, photographs and spatial installations.
The following photos were presented in an exhibition entitled “Um olhar para a memória: novas fotografias do 25 de Abril de 1974” (“A look at memory: new photos of 25th of April, 1974”), in 2004 at the Carmo Archaeological Museum (Lisbon) and in “A Revolução está na Rua” (“The Revolution is on the Street”), at the Lisbon City Hall and in Lisbon streets (2014).
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