Women that cross the river, women that clean, women that report the news, women that take care of our garbage. They are many and maybe they are all of us. Portela took some of the characters she wrote for her monthly chronicle at the Letras newspaper, Na hora de comer o treinador [time to eat the coach] and imagined them in the buildings we proposed, in our time. The title of these stories is taken from a nineteenth century technical term, explained in the beginning of this book. If you haven’t yet, go to the beginning and start reading.
This book is part of the exhibition Lisbon Acts
made by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale for the Belgrade International Architecture Week (BINA). We thought about Lisbon that has changed in the last ten years and picked a significant work by six recent Portuguese architecture studios: Aspa, Barbas Lopes, Can Ran, Miguel Marcelino, PLCO and Site Specific. We did not stop there: we gave them as a starting point to filmmaker Pedro Cabeleira, photographer Catarina Botelho and writer Patrícia Portela (the author of the stories in this book).
Patrícia Portela is a writer and performance artist, born in 1974, living between Belgium and Portugal. She studied set and costume design in Lisbon and in Utrecht, movie direction in Ebeltoft, Denmark, and Philosophy in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2003 she has worked on her own performances and installations in collaboration with international artists. She has achieved national and international recognition for her unusual work and is considered one of the most daring artists and innovative writers of her generation. She won the Revelation Prize in 1994 for her creative work in performance and cinema, the Prize Teatro na Década for T5 in 1999, the Gulbenkian Foundation Prize Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão for the performance Flatland I in 2004 and was one of the 5 finalists of the Sonae Media Art Prize 2015 with her installation Parasomnia, amongst other prizes. She has been invited to participate in the prestigious International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa in 2013, and was the first literary resident in Berlin in 2016. She is the author of several novels and short stories, and is a chronicle writer for the prestigious Jornal de Letras and coffeepaste online since 2017.