In his film “The Girl Chewing Gum”, John Smith overlaps images captured on a London street with a voice that seems to give instructions for what is happening. The movement of the street seems to be predetermined by the artist. He tells people to cross the road, cars to pass or birds to fly. This film is the opposite of fake stories and fake news: if the latter try to pass off fiction as reality, the film tries to pass off reality as fiction. We’re going to recreate Smith’s experience using images from 25 April 1974, as if the revolution were an artist’s staging. As well as revealing the facts that ensured the establishment of a democratic regime in Portugal, this show highlights the mechanisms of fictional construction and, in particular, the construction of manipulated realities. The overlapping of the voice of command on a reality that has already happened creates a situation that is also conducive to the de-banalisation of the images themselves. We want the images of 25 April 1974 to remain intense. Joaquim Furtado, RTP’s director-coordinator of information and programming for several years, will be the project’s consultant. His career as an author of documentary series has a dimension that makes Furtado a historian of the Portuguese 20th century. And he was the announcer who, in the early hours of 25 April 1974, read out the first statement of the Armed Forces Movement on Rádio Clube Português.

direction Jorge Andrade text Jorge Andrade consultancy Joaquim Furtado with José Neves video editing João Gambino set and costume design José Capela technical direction João Fonte production team Joana Mesquita Alves, Inês Soares Lopes, Sofia Freitas coproduction MAAT, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II and Escher Theatre (Luxembourg)

mala voadora is a structure funded by Portugal's Government – Ministério da Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes.


April 26 and 27 ‧ MAAT Central (Lisbon)