Hugo Canoilas: 'O TEMPO E O MODO, PARA UM RETRATO DA POBREZA EM PORTUGAL' Júlio de Matos Hospital, Lisbon, PT
Image: Hugo Canoilas, The Miracle Exists, 2015, Agitprop objects, Installation view, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
O TEMPO E O MODO, PARA UM RETRATO DA POBREZA EM PORTUGAL
TIME AND MODE FOR A PORTRAIT OF POVERTY IN PORTUGAL
Preview: 16 January 2015 21: 30 H
Exhibition: 16 January - 27 February 2015
Pavilion 31 Júlio de Matos Hospital - Hospital Psychiatric Center Lisbon Avenue of Brazil, 53, Lisbon
A project by PAULO MENDES and EMÍLIA TAVARES
GUSTAVO SUMPTA, HUGO CANOILAS, JOÃO TABARRA, MARGARIDA CORREIA,
MARIA TRABULO, NUNO RAMALHO, PEDRO BARATEIRO e RENATO FERRÃO
Recent economic indicators show that in Portugal for the first time since the 1990s, the level of poverty increased. According to recent figures advanced by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the poverty rate is 18.7% - and affects more than two million people. According to INE, a quarter of the population is at risk of poverty. Looking at these segments of the population, there are insurmountable findings that highlight these numbers: under 18 years, families with children in charge and the unemployed are the most affected. These are fragile social groups that are more exposed, and on which the imminence of social shock waves are more violent.
Poverty was one of the social conditions that more was fought, in all political persuasions of democratic regimes in the spirit of minimal social solidarity in order to eradicate the economic exclusion in a state of prosperity. The common denominator of discourse and political action, had a clearly identified public face 'welfare state', which some argue as eradication system of exclusions (economic, social and cultural), and others reject arguing with their economic unsustainability.
Emilia Tavares & Paulo Mendes
(Excerpt from exhibition text - Translated into English)
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