Date(s) - 07/12/2019 - 17/03/2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
The exhibition Artur Pastor, Um Alentejo Distante at the Unesco Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – Beja, will open on December 7th at 3:00 p.m. and will be open until March 17th, 2020.
This exhibition is the result of the collaboration between the Lisbon and Beja City Councils, and of the cooperation between the Lisbon City Archives and the Unesco Centre – Beja.
Artur Pastor was one of the great Portuguese photographers of the 20th century. Born in Alter do Chão in 1922, at the age of 3 he moved to Évora and later attended the School of Agricultural Regents of Évora, where he completed the course of agricultural regent in 1951. He became a photographer at the Ministry of Agriculture and creator of the Photographic Archive of this institution, for which he worked all his life.
The quality of the body of images that Artur Pastor produced throughout his life is indisputable. He has portrayed Portugal from hand to hand with a rigor as an archivist and a gift as a poet of the image. From Alentejo there are many of his works and in this exhibition 70 images will be on display organized in two nuclei: one dedicated to illustrate the captures that Pastor made within the urban perimeter of Beja and a second nucleus dedicated to the immense Alentejo countryside, its arts and crafts. In the suggested tour, always framed by the beautiful and poetic photographs of Artur Pastor, an ethnographic journey to a distant Alentejo is proposed in time and mode, already of many other uses and customs, of other arts and crafts.
For this purpose are presented original evidence produced by the photographer for his exhibitions and current evidence produced by the Municipal Archives of Lisbon. A documentary “Paisagem de Artur Pastor”, directed by Fernando Carrilho and produced by the Videoteca Municipal de Lisboa in 2014, will also be presented.
The estate of Artur Pastor was acquired, from the family of the photographer, by the Lisbon Municipal Archive after his death. It was the object of a major exhibition in Lisbon, organized by the Municipal Archives, which was shown at the Photographic Archives and the City Museum in 2014. Since its acquisition and first publication, Artur Pastor’s photography collection has been arousing increasing public interest, being progressively more requested, both for illustration and for regional exhibitions in Nazaré, Sesimbra, Alter do Chão, Lagoa, Évora and Tavira.
This exhibition will be available for visits until March 17, 2020 and several accompanied visits are planned, particularly for schools in the District of Beja.