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15/07/2022 - 15/07/2022

Litany of Portuguese fishermen

Publication (book and vinyl record) launch 

With its new project LEVA LEVA. Litany of Portuguese fishermen focusing on the working songs of fishermen in Portugal, releasing a book and a record, the art collective FLEE brings together an in-depth anthropological research together with a contemporary hybrid and artistic reflection on an important facet of Portuguese social and cultural history. Using work songs from the 1940s, 60s and 80s recorded around the Portuguese coast, the initiative attempts to document the history of these fishermen, the nature of their hardship and often exploitative conditions, as well as their progressive encounter with important economic and political changes affecting the country in the 1970s. Opening this launch at the maat, the collective invites a contributor to the project, Maria João Raminhos Duarte, to present her own research on the social history of Fishermen in the Algarve. Preceding her conference, the initiators of the project, Olivier Duport and Alan Marzo, will introduce the book and record, as well as the approach they pursued in this framework. The event will conclude with a listening session showcasing the music on the vinyl record and appetisers.


LEVA LEVA. Litany of Portuguese fishermen
Presentation by FLEE (in English)

Fishermen in the Algarve: a social and cultural history 
Presentation by Maria João Raminhos Duarte followed by discussions (in English), moderated by Gonçalo Carvalho.

Listening session of the tracks included in the project.
Drinks will be served.

Maria João Raminhos Duarte (Mozambique, 1959) holds a PhD in History from the School of Arts, University of Lisbon. She has an extensive curriculum, with published articles and lectures on local and regional contemporary Algarvian history, namely on the cannery industrialists, the cork and cannery workers movement, Algarvian regionalism, the institution of the Estado Novo dictatorship, the opposition to the Estado Novo, women's movements, education and assistance, the implementation of the democratic regime, as well as numerous biographical contributions to the Contemporary History of the Algarve. She is currently conducting research on the Jewish community in the Algarve, its exodus and relevance in the Holocaust. She joined the Group for the Study of Labour and Social Conflicts as a PhD fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History/School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is a member of the “Uses of the Past” Group of the School of Arts of the University of Lisbon and is an accredited trainer by the Scientific-Pedagogic Council for Continuous Training of the University of Minho. She has been a teacher in public schools for 36 years, teaching in Portimão, and also coordinating the UNESCO school and the projects Memoshoá and Nunca Esquecer.

Gonçalo Carvalho holds a degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Algarve and Masters in Urban Sociology, Territory and Environment from ISCTE / IUL. He dedicated the first part of his professional career to data collection and monitoring of various fisheries in mainland and island Portugal. Since 2006, the year in which he collaborated in the creation of Sciaena, he became more and more actively involved with various Non-Governmental Organisations for the Environment (ENGO's), especifically on fisheries policies and the conservation of marine ecosystems. Gonçalo is currently the Executive Coordinator of Sciaena, a member of the Management Committee of Seas at Risk, a consultant for international ENGOs and vice chair of the Pelagic Advisory Council (PelAC).

The FLEE project was founded by Olivier Duport, Alan Marzo and Carl Åhnebrink. FLEE is an independent publishing house, record label, and curatorial platform dedicated to the documentation and artistic reinterpretation of hybrid cultural phenomena. Defending a transdisciplinary practice, the platform explores and creatively highlights the contours of globalisation from a historical and critical perspective. Swinging between different subjects and disciplines, ranging from music to architecture, the collective pursues an inclusive working method, favouring diverse and varied points of view.