Flâneur ao Centro is a project of artistic intervention in the public space designed and coordinated by Procur.arte, in partnership with the municipalities of Bombarral, Leiria, Lourinhã and Torres Vedras, which invites to visit photography exhibitions in the streets and squares of these same municipalities, between April and July 2021.
This project challenges the artists to create new readings of this territory, having as starting point the concept of flâneur and as physical context this region, as a social kaleidoscope in constant mutation.
The goal is, through artistic creation and photography, to promote a contemporary reading of the territory.
Baudelaire defines the flâneur as “someone who walks through the city in order to experience it”.
Walter Benjamin describes the flâneur as a product of modern life, a botanist of the asphalt, and the city as an authentic sacred ground of flânerie.
Since then, the concept of flâneur has been used as a tool to understand urban phenomena and modernity in cultural, economic and social terms.
Flâneur ao Centro is freely inspired by the work and path of architect Ernesto Korrodi, who, starting in Leiria, carried out several works in mainland Portugal.
Of Swiss origin, Korrodi naturalized Portuguese, was a pioneer of Art Noveau and received two Valmor Awards. In addition to his studies on heritage, he designed public buildings, houses, farms and theaters in the region.
The characteristic fauna and flora of the region (grapes, pears, apples, figs, etc) are present in all his work, both in stonework and in ironwork and furniture.
Taking Ernesto Korrodi’s wandering spirit as a leitmotif, we invited 4 artists – Catarina Botelho, Fábio Cunha, Joshua Phillips and Róisín White – to reread the region and rediscover this magical territory.
Flâneur ao Centro will take as its own one of the city’s most confluent points, in the historical center, between Jardim Luís de Camões and the bus station, at Largo Papa Paulo VI, and, due to its structure, which integrates light boxes, the exhibition can be visited at any time of the day or night.
April 9th to May 1st
Largo Papa Paulo VI
May 7th to 29th
June 4th to 26th
José Máximo da Costa Square
Torres Vedras (Santa Cruz)
2nd to 24th July
Largo Jaime Baptista da Costa