Art with Revolution! Political mobilization in artistic practices between 1974 and 1977 in Portugal

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Abstract

This article analyzes the relationship between Portuguese artists and bodies of power and the popular masses after the Revolution of 25 April 1974 and until 1977.

The analysis of this period in Portugal will consider the dynamics surrounding socially engaged artistic practices integrated in the public space, within its historic and social framework.

The article argues that the Portuguese artistic context under consideration arose from the politicians and artists motivation to bring art and the popular masses closer to the ongoing revolutionary process. In this approach, I identify collaboration as the most frequent attitude used by artists in relation to the political system and population. This approach decreased since 1976, at which time there was an increase in conflict with the political power structures. Regarding the relationship with the population, from that moment on there was also a decrease in the use of collaborative tools and an intensification of transgressive and provocative tools in artistic
practices.

These changes will be articulated in the article based on the country’s objective political and social conditions, and their influence on attitudinal nuances identified in the socially engaged artistic practices under analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-35
Number of pages35
JournalOn The W@terfront
Volume63
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Portuguese Revolution
  • Socially Engaged Artistic practices
  • Portugal
  • Collaboration
  • Participation

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