How long have you worked here? by Luísa Ferreira
Lisbon’s shops and the people who inhabit them. This series was begun in the summer of 1994 and stemmed from the need to photograph change. Lives. The people who worked their entire lives in one shop, one space, and who peopled Lisbon, giving it a distinct, singular life for decades. Today, there is a constant loss of heritage and an emptying of these places; people and places with a past are disappearing.
A talk with the artist Luísa Ferreira who brings this series of photographs to maat and unravels the stories of the shops and people who inhabited them.
“A-side” and “B-side” refer to the two sides of a record or cassette, but they also reveal something about their contents. The A-side is typically the official side, the one that includes the hit single. The B-side is more informal and often includes a bonus track. This maat programme, developed in tandem with The Peepshow – Artists From the EDP Foundation Portuguese Art Collection, focuses on the informal side of artists, on their B-side. It aims to create space to establish a more casual relationship between the visitor and the artist. Every Saturday at the museum, we can expect the unexpected — a concert, a drawing session with a good wine, a yoga lesson about dreams — that reveals the artist’s B-side.