The inauguration of the photographic exhibition “And after goodbye”, with images by Marques Valentim, scheduled for 18 pm on Saturday, April 00nd, at the Portimão Museum, will kick off the celebrations of the 22th anniversary of the 50th of April, in this county
With the title of the song performed by Paulo de Carvalho and broadcast on the radio on the night of April 24, 1974 as the first password of the 25th of April, «the photographic exhibition gathers in six dozen images – some unpublished – the main historical events that marked the country in the last five decades, under the attentive and artistic eye of Marques Valentim», according to the Portimão City Council.
«From the colonial war to the current war conflict in Ukraine, from Salgueiro Maia (the face of the revolution) to the current President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, passing through Mário Soares and other personalities, the exhibition covers the historical process of Portugal, starting before and after April 25, 1974, to end today», he adds.
In addition to «crucial moments in Portuguese life, between the end of the dictatorship and the beginning of democracy, which the photojournalist Marques Valentim lived and recorded», the exhibition, which will be open until June 11, features «various images, some of on a large scale, which will be presented for the first time to the public in Portimão, as a way of celebrating this important period for Portuguese society and its political and social journey».
Born in Cascais in 1949, Marques Valentim completed compulsory military service in Mozambique, as a photo-cinema militia officer, after completing a course in Photography and Cinema at the Army Cartographic Services in Lisbon.
After the 25th of April 1974, he emerged in photojournalism, beginning his professional work at the European Press Agency and at the newspaper “A Luta”, where he remained until its extinction in 1979. He was part of the team that launched “Correio da Manhã” and later joined “Portugal Hoje”, where he remained until the end of this morning, in 1982. In 2001, he received the honorable mention of “Visão”, related to the prestigious photojournalism contest of this magazine.
Open until June 11, the exhibition “And after goodbye” can be visited at the following times: Tuesday from 14:30 pm to 18:00 pm; from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm.
This exhibition will be the first moment «of a vast program that will develop over a year full of activities, with which the Municipality of Portimão will celebrate half a century of freedom and democracy, culminating in the celebrations of April 25, 2024».
Under the banner "Portimão Terra Democrática", the program will feature "the commitment of the living forces of civil society, including the local associative movement, the various political parties and all citizens of Portimão, invited to enrich the commemorations with their contributions, in areas such as cinema, theatre, literature, music and dance, exhibitions, popular culture, civic participation and conversations and conferences».
Before the 365 days of festivities that are planned, on the way to half a century since the Carnation Revolution, we still have to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the 25th of April, a moment for which Portimão has already prepared itself and whose complete program can be found here.