Catalogue of the exhibition Prospecto. Princípio, Meio e Ultimação, by André Guedes, which was on view at Pavilhão Branco gallery during early 2017. Entitled Prospecto [Prospectus], this editorial project features a set of dialogues and texts by authors who contributed to the reflection and work of André Guedes, namely William Morris, E.M. de Melo e Castro, Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão, Domingos Vaz and Richard Sennett, among others. The publication has been edited by the Municipal Galleries and the artist, designed by Ana Baliza and received support from the Fundación Botin.
“Thus our factory, besides turning out goods useful to the community, will provide for its own workers work light in duration, and not oppressive in kind, education in childhood and youth. Serious occupation, amusing relaxation, and more rest for the leisure of workers, and withal that beauty of surroundings, and the power of producing beauty which are sure to be claimed by those who have leisure, education and a serious occupation.”
“Within Portugal, Covilhã developed as an urban industrial enclave, an “island of industrialization” located in the mountainous inland region (Vilaverde Cabral, 1988, 179) and, to employ yet another expressive concept, a factory-city, with a symbolic image defined and moulded in close relation to the wool industry wich, for many years, has shaped the time and space within the city.”
“We cease production tomorrow, in direct contradiction to the formerly dominant dogma that the thirst for production must desiccate the worker, force the place of work to crumble into sand. Rather, we affirm that, by decelerating production to zero, our solidarity will emerge, fluid as a garden. Time as reached that apex when we recognized the need for the factory, above all else and we sink backwards into history; a monumental time that we will never see the like of again.”