Within the context of the exhibition Cemitério das Âncoras currently on view at the Galerias Municipais – Galeria Boavista in Lisbon, the artists Veronika Spierenburg and Nuno Barroso will ask Álvaro Garrido a series of questions, thus exploring and seeking to expand upon topics inherent to the show. The topics covered in this 40-minute online conversation range from the recent expansion of the Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone, to products from the sea (algae, new species, green energy and mining). The conversation will also address the relationship between the museology of the sea, tradition, ethnography, as well as the collections and scientific research produced in the past and what these could generate in the present and future.
Álvaro Garrido (1968) is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (FEUC) and its current Director. Between 2003 and 2009, Garrido was the Director of the Maritime Museum in Ílhavo, Portugal. His writing has been widely published and includes topics of economical history and institutions, the history of maritime fisheries, and the history of corporatism and social economy. His texts have been published in books, scientific articles, book chapters and catalogues. He has recently published, as author or in co-authorship, the following books: As Pescas em Portugal [Fisheries in Portugal] (Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation, Lisbon, 2018); A Economia Social em Movimento. Uma História das Organizações [The Social Economy in Movement. A History of Organizations] (Tinta da China, 2018); Too Valuable to be Lost: Overfishing in the North Atlantic since 1880 (De Gruyter, Berlin, 2020); Il Portogallo di Salazar. Politica, Società, Economia (Bologna University Press, 2020).
Veronika Spierenburg is an artist operating in the intersection of sound, body movement, architecture and works with a variety of media and materials. She studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Acamedy in Amsterdam followed by a Master of Fine Arts at the Central Saint Martin’s College in London. Spierenburg will be resident at Cité internationale des arts in Paris during 2022.
Nuno Barroso studied Environmental Sciences at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and photography at Atelier de Lisboa. He is currently working on the collaborative art project Guarda Rios, a nomad and experimental collective researching the rivers on the Iberian Peninsula.