Portugal, Retrocesso ao Futuro
Vhils & ±MaisMenos±

Jardins Efémeros | Pavilhão do Mundo Português, Viseu, Portugal

01 July – 10 July 2016

Portugal, Retrocesso ao Futuro | Installation view

Photo: Fernando Carqueja

Portugal, Retrocesso ao Futuro | Installation view

Photo: Fernando Carqueja

Portugal, Retrocesso ao Futuro | Installation view

Photo: @tiagoraf

Portugal, Retrocesso ao Futuro | Installation view

Photo: Fernando Carqueja

“Portugal, Retrocesso ao Futuro” (Portugal, Regression to the Future), an extensive multidisciplinary installation by Vhils and ±MaisMenos±, makes use of the poetic decay of the former installations of a metalworks in the centre of Viseu to weave a striking reflection that sets out from the reality of a post-financial bailout Portugal to ponder on its condition as hostage of the international institutions and loss of self-governance, on the uncertainty surrounding its future, but also on its relationship with Europe and the latter’s own future at a time when conflicting internal pressures seem to have brought it to the edge of the abyss, reviving historical tensions which were thought of as having been settled and buried within the comfort of an all-inclusive and harmonious model. A reflection that gains topicality in the post-British referendum reality, that also explores themes such as the resurgence of populism, of the north-south divide, of xenophobia and demagoguery, of the relativisation of the conquests of the European model which, despite all of its failings, needs to be reformed from within. A reflection, in short, on the possibilities of the future of Portugal and Europe at a critical historic moment.