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Exhibition focused on the unique recent history of the village of Luz, particularly on the period of the moving motivated by the Alqueva dam.

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Those who visit the Alentejo today are faced with profound changes that they would not expect to be so significant. The element that leverages this transformation process is Alqueva. This project clearly shows a before and after in several areas, with emphasis on the agricultural component.
The territory of Alqueva is now in constant transformation and modernization.
Alqueva water has made available to this territory a range of new opportunities in which the binomial tradition versus modernity is still present, but the investment and innovation intended for the Alentejo are transforming the space making it a land of modernity.
And it is about these transformations that are happening in the Alqueva space that we are reminded of the new exhibition of Museu da Luz.

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"When, in a past summer, I was sailing in the tranquility of the Alqueva, watching the shores bare by the water, I felt an epiphany with a start.
The intimate compositions that Nature offers us with the rocky outcrops, the intertwining of tree roots, the texture of the stones, the reflections in the calm waters...
I dismantled and recreated these natural compositions, which now have the pleasure of presenting at the Luz Museum, in aldeia da Luz..."
Duarte Botelho

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A series of exhibition discourses are placed in parallel, creating complementary readings, based on various communication media such as drawing, mockup, photography, text, objects, video image, sculpture and the museum space itself.

A series of exhibition discourses are placed in parallel, creating complementary readings, based on various communication media such as drawing, mockup, photography, text, objects, video image, sculpture and the museum space itself.

"The identification of the place of the castle of the slate is currently only possible from its geographic coordinates, 38 21′ North 07 24′ West. The precision of its location leads us to a geological, topographical and architectural singularity, which was designed, for thousands of years, with the course of the river Guadiana. Between strategy, necessity or opportunity, the construction of what was the place of the castle of slate is made today from the imagination of its Roman foundation, to the multiple dimensions that its ruin evokes. Two thousand years of presence in this territory, leave a deep identity impression on its material and immaterial culture. The submersion of the castle of the slate and the impossibility of a direct contact with the place, leads us to a closer reading focused on the documentation resulting from various records captured over time and the urgency of fixing the memories that still inhabit those who experienced and felt the character of this place and the paths that were generated from it. It is this spectrum of multiple relationships summoned by this monument that this exhibition seeks to highlight, through a multidisciplinary work of identification, registration, interpretation, memory and debate.
The process of preparing this exhibition also constitutes the possibility of bringing together in the museum several records that have been dispersed until now, creating an important documental base. A series of exhibition discourses are placed in parallel, creating complementary readings, from various communication media such as drawing, mockup, photography, text, objects, video image, sculpture and the museum space itself, where the visitor is invited to establish relationships and form their own reading of the place of the castle of Lousa."

Pedro Pacheco, curator

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