Faro's candidacy to be European Capital of Culture has just launched the book "Europe at Home", an artistic reflection on the pandemic and its impact on the daily lives of families and communities in Europe.
With an opening text by Lídia Jorge, the book "Europe at Home" gathers literary texts and photographs by more than 60 artists from 30 European cities, in a joint vision about a particularly demanding moment in our lives, marked by the harshness of social isolation and repeated confinements. According to Lídia Jorge: "It is a pleasure for me to participate in this book. May this book and all the involvement it represents be a gateway to Faro, a city that intends to win the title of European Capital of Culture. Art and literature being essential goods to life".
The writer Sandro William Junqueira and the photographer Vasco Célio, were the artists invited by Faro2027 to represent the city of Faro in the project Europe at Home. According to Sandro William Junqueira and Vasco Célio, this project is revealing of human fragility. Participating in Europe at Home is to contribute to building a memory for the future of this unprecedented moment experienced by us all. The photographs and texts present in the book "Europe at Home" are a reflection on the unpredictability of nature and on the way we live our lives today.
Created in 2020, "Europe at Home" was thought, developed and implemented as a purely digital project, but over time it has grown and gained dimension. The importance of the initiative, as an artistic legacy for future memory, led 30 European cities to join Faro2027 in this initiative, which aims to be a unique and singular record of an unprecedented period in our collective history. As such, "Europe at Home" quickly jumped from the website and social networks to paper, now giving birth to a work with the same name. The public presentation of the book "Europe at Home" took place last Monday, February 21th, in a ceremony held at Club Farense. The books can be purchased at the Municipal Museum in Faro.
You can watch the video of the event here: