The Archipelago project started as research and participatory artistic practice on two sides of EU border, in Trás di Munti village in Cape Verde and Cova da Moura, a neighbourhood of mostly capeverdian immigrants in Lisbon. Many of it's inhabitants came from Trás di Munti region. Project is realized in partnership with Moinho da Juventude in Cova da Moura and CAO, Centre of arts and crafts in Trás di Munti.
In the second part of Archipelago project we would like to create a more generative connection, creating an exchange of ideas, and a space for deeper human understanding between the islands of the “Archipelago”. This archipelago consist of Cova da Moura, 6 de Maio, Santa Filomena and Fim do Mundo neighborhoods in Lisbon, the town Tarrafal and villages Trás di Munti and Fazenda in Cape Verde. The last island of this archipelago are general audiences in Portugal and other countries.
These are the tools we propose:
To start “Archipelago TV” an internet television reporting on events inside of the communities. The filmmakers will be young people from these locations. They will also participate in “Assembleia” an informal group that will speak in response to possible threats such as eviction, police violence, or image in media.
To support the travel of professionals from areas as design, sustainable architecture, active citizenship, arts, environmentalism between the “islands”. These travels will work as temporary residencies of 1-2 months. Their aim will be to make workshops and give classes to stimulate sustainable impact on the community.
The final result of the project will be a tent in a shape of a pick up truck, a common way of transport in Cape Verde. This tent will work as a meeting place and a small cinema that will travel through the locations.