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Urban Culture Experiences

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Urban Culture Experiences

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Herberto Smith
Vale de Chelas

This workshop by Herberto Smith at Quinta do Lavrado will put its participants in contact with basic know-how about digital photography and involve them with practices that stimulate the ability to tell stories. Stories that start from a near and personal point of view to then expand to a wider universe. By creating these narratives we validate our experiences, our feelings and the feelings of those who surround us. We offer new perspectives and enrich the collective imagination. We place ourselves on the map and show ourselves to the world.

BIO

Herberto Smith is a photographer and cultural activist. He was born in Guinea-Bissau, grew up in São Tomé and Príncipe and currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Today he focuses his attention on the everyday life of youths of African descent (African diaspora) in Lisbon. Capturing fragments of everyday life, he reproduces the narratives of those who are rarely reflected in traditional media outlets. His aim is to explore issues affecting the culture of youths of African descent: identity, racial perceptions, social and economic inequalities, and social inclusion. His approach takes on a collaborative component, where the outcome does not intend to represent reality, but captures moments of mutual sharing that encapsulate moods, sensibilities, and aspirations.