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Arts in Europe in postmemory era

Arts in Europe in postmemory era

Dulce Maria Cardoso, Fatima Sissani, Pitcho

Arts in Europe in postmemory era

Dulce Maria Cardoso, Fatima Sissani, Pitcho

What impact has the transfer of memories from the end of colonialism had on present-day Europe? How do these memories manifests in social, cultural and artistic terms? Belgian-Congolese musician and slammer, Pitcho, French-Algerian filmmaker, Fatima Sissani, and Portuguese writer, Dulce Maria Cardoso, debate the cultural changes brought about by subsequent generations in Portugal, Belgium and France, based on their own artistic experiences. In the beginning of the session, the slammer will present his performance L’ expérience Pi.

MEMOIRS — Children of the Empire and European Postmemories is a comparative research project about European diversity, based on the continent’s colonial legacies. It studies the cases of Portugal, France and Belgium, where there are many echoes of these countries’ presences in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde, Algeria and the Congo.

Memórias Coloniais x Lugares da Memória 1/2
© Francisco Vidal.

03 OCT 2019
THU 18:30

Small Auditorium and Live streaming
Free entry*
Duration 90 min

* Subject to availability. Tickets available on the day from 17:30 at the ticket-office

In portuguese and french with simultaneous translation to portuguese 

Cycle Colonial Memories


The debate about the memories of the colonial period has moved into the public arena and is now the subject of intense artistic production. The Colonial Memories cycle opens up yet more room for this theme, welcoming the people and projects involved in its continuous research.

The research groups AFRO-PORT Afro-descendants in Portugal (ISEG) and Memorialist Discourses and the Building of History (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon) will be presenting the lecture Politics of selective memory by the Moroccan historian Fatima Harrak. This is a reflection on the effects of “selective memory” in the present-day political world, in which the author defends the idea of an “entangled history” between the colonisers and the people that they colonised.

Everything passes, except the past is a programme about the colonial legacy in the public space, museums and archives of various European countries, led by the Goethe Institut. It is coming to Portugal in the form of a round-table discussion and a cycle of films and debates about the post-colonial film archives.

The project MEMOIRS — Children of the Empire and European Postmemories, which brings together researchers interested in comparing colonial memories in the French, Belgian and Portuguese contexts, will present a debate, a film session and a performance dealing with the same question: how are the memories of the end of colonialism manifested in social, cultural and artistic terms in Europe?

Colonialism and its consequences has been the preferred theme for the work of the Hotel Europa theatre company. André Amálio opens up his personal archive of interviews, books, videos, family photographs and war documents, and revisits his theatrical creations in the 13-hour-long performance of The End of Portuguese Colonialism. Culturgest also presents the world première of "Children of Portuguese Colonialism", a new production of Hotel Europa. The visual artist Francisco Vidal, with whom we worked on developing the image of the materials to be used for promoting this cycle, has also been asked to participate in this programme.

What have the people who lived through colonialism transmitted to contemporary generations? Colonial Memories is an invitation to engage in this reflection.



Fatima Harrak: Politics of selective memory
SET 19 THU 18:30

Everything passes, except the past
SET 24 TUE 18:30

Hotel Europa: The end of Portuguese colonialism (installation) 
SET 25 WED — 27 FRI 11:00 - 18:30
SET 28 SAT — 29 SUN 15:00 - 18:30

Reimagine the post-colonial archives
SET 25 WED 21:30
SET 26 THU 21:30
SET 27 FRI 18:30 

African memories of Portugal
SET 26 THU 18:30

Hotel Europa: The Children of Colonialism
SET 26 THU 21:00
SET 27 FRI 21:00
SET 28 SAT 19:00

Arts in Europe in postmemory era
OUT 3 THU 18:30

Fatima Sissani: Zahra's Mother Tongue
OUT 3 THU 21:30

Hotel Europa: The end of Portuguese colonialism (performance)
OUT 5 SAT 11:00 – 0:00


Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme project Create to Connect, Create to Impact

Create do Connect




Flanders State of the Art


Project MEMOIRS — Filhos do Império and Pós-memórias Europeias


Pitcho, Fatima Sissani, Dulce Maria Cardoso


Margarida Calafate Ribeiro 


MEMOIRS is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (no. 648624) and is hosted at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra.

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