Faro 2027 shows “Europe at home” in a book through the eyes and words of artists

Opening text is by Lídia Jorge

The application of Faro the European Capital of Culture 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”. The public presentation of the book took place last Monday, February 21, at a ceremony that took place at Club Farense.

With the opening text by Lídia Jorge, the work Europe at Home brings together literary texts and photographs by more than 60 artists from 30 European cities, «in a joint vision of a particularly demanding moment in our lives, marked by the harshness of social isolation and successive confinements”.

For Lídia Jorge, it was «a pleasure to participate in this book. May this book and all the surroundings it represents be a portal to Faro, a city that aims to win the title of European Capital of Culture. Since art and literature are essential goods to life».

Writer Sandro William Junqueira and photographer Vasco Célio were the artists invited by Faro2027 to represent the city of Faro in the Europe at Home project.

According to Sandro William Junqueira and Vasco Célio, this project «is revealing of human fragility. Participating in Europe at Home is contributing to the construction of a memory for the future of this unprecedented moment lived by all of us. The photographs and texts 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 designed, developed and implemented as a purely digital project, but over time it grew and gained dimension.

The importance of the initiative, as an artistic legacy for future memory, led 30 European cities to join Faro2027 in this project, «which aims to be a unique and singular record of an unprecedented period in our collective history».

This made Europe at Home jump “from the website and social networks to paper, now giving rise to a work with the same name”.

The books can be purchased at the Municipal Museum of Faro.