Portal de Palma was a participated art installation that made an portal for the collective memory of Palma’s neighbourhood. This temporary installation was built in Rossio de Palma (Lisbon) made of 144 memory-stools that together created a portal with 2,63×2,16×4,80m. Each memory-stool represents a fragment of the collective memory of this place through an image/memory given by the residents of the neighbourhood printed on the lid.


This project was developed in partnership with the Municipal Department of Culture from Lisbon City Council, and in particular with the historian Sofia Tempero, from Lisbon City Council Department of Cultural Heritage, that collected the photographs and stories of the residents with the aim of aggregating and transmitting the collective memory of Palma.


Over the course of three weeks, the 144 memory-stools were built through a participatory in-situ workshop that involved residents, local traders and occasional passers-by. One of the main goals of this artistic installation was the inhabitants engagement and the activation / appropriation of the public space. Appealing to the collective memory and fomenting a close relation with the installation, strong moments and social dynamics were created.


After three weeks the portal was dismantled and the stools were redistributed among the residents, local traders and other workshop participants, perpetuating and dissolving their collective memory. Inserted in a typical popular celebration, the moment of disassembly and distribution of the memory-stools was highly participated and much cherished by the residents, now transformed into “guardians of memory-stools”.

Team: Colectivo Warehouse
Client: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Partners: Culture 21 – Agenda 21 da cultura, Departamento Municipal da Cultura – CML, Camilla Watson, Sofia Tempero.
With: Rúben Teodoro, Sebastião de Botton, Ricardo Morais, Monica Di Eugenio
Collaborators: Barbara Arita, Catarina Dente, Carolina Preto, Guida Ramos