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Cycle - Deep down Portugal is the Sea

Deep down Portugal is the Sea – Exhibition

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The exhibition Deep down Portugal is the Sea brings together three artistic proposals: TerraMar, a video installation by Graça Castanheira, created from the materials made available by the Portuguese Task Group for the Extension of the Continental Shelf (EMEPC), captured by an underwater drone (ROV), a remote-controlled robot that can descend to depths of six kilometres, revealing to us the bottom of the sea. This installation proposes to us the idea of living below the water line. As Portas do Mar is an installation of lighthouses, bringing us the universe of the sounds from the sea, ports and beaches, revealing to us the sound and light codes of the Portuguese lighthouses. Balaena Plasticus is an installation created by Ana Pêgo and Luís Quinta, which alerts us to the pollution that is taking place and the environmental imbalances that this is causing; it consists of the skeleton of a baleen whale created from plastic rubbish and which screams out to us how urgently we need to relearn many of our everyday gestures.


TERRAMAR | INSTALLATION | 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:00



Although we popularly use the expression the “tip of the iceberg” to indirectly refer to the part that is not visible, the fact is that we know little about the submerged realities of the territory. What this installation sets out to do is to immerse us, to cause us to live below the water line during the time of our visit.

At the entrance to the installation, in a narrow corridor, a system of fans splashes the visitor with seawater, provoking the sort of winds that blow from the cliff tops.

In the larger room, the walls are the seabed displayed on large screens. We see constantly undulating seaweed, synchronous shoals of fish, radiant colours.

In the smaller room, there is an exhibition of framed, immanent paintings. These are video paintings in motion of visually poetic instants that take place far from our gaze, but which belong to us entirely.

An exploratory movement through Portuguese maritime territory.





Conception e coordination: Rui Rebelo

Set design: Marco Fonseca and Teresa Varela


For thousands of years, the lights and sounds of lighthouses have guided seafarers from all over the world, serving as a sign of hope for those returning home and a warning against the rocky dangers that are hidden below the surface.

For three months, the essence of these truly emblematic constructions will be present in the CCB’s Olive-Tree Garden, in the form of four sound-emitting sculptures inspired upon the lighthouses of Portugal, which are not replicas, but instead a mixture of their common features, underlying their Portuguese identity.




Conception and realisation: Ana Pêgo and Luís Quinta

Supported by: Almada Municipal Council (2014)


The whale is the planet’s largest animal.

Plastic is one of the planet’s greatest problems.

The whale migrates over long distances in search of food and for the purposes of reproduction.

With the help of the wind and currents, plastic migrates over long distances through rivers, seas and oceans.

In the oceans, plastic can imprison, asphyxiate, suffocate, intoxicate…

The skeleton of the whale built from plastic found on the beach represents the tragic consequence of the “marine plastic”.

Resulting from the project Plasticus Maritimus, devised by Ana Pêgo and Luís Quinta, Balaena Plasticus is an installation that represents the skeleton of a baleen whale, measuring roughly 10 metres in length, entirely built from plastic objects found on the beach.



The images used in the exhibition were loaned by the Portuguese Task Group for the Extension of the Continental Shelf (EMEPC), having been collected under the scope of the PEPC and M@rBis oceanographical campaigns.

8 May to 31 July, 2018
Fábrica das Artes Space
All ages
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