The first Colleex meeting will be held in the Tropical Botanic Garden of Lisbon located in Belem, an iconic neighbourhood that encapsulates the legacy of Portuguese colonial history. In recent years, the garden underwent a process of renovation and monumentalization as an artistic and cultural heritage site, aimed at promoting scientific culture and heritage preservation on tropical science and the history of Portuguese science and technology. Its colonial legacy is a controversial aspect of this renewed institutional interest.
Founded in 1906 with the goal of training agriculture specialists for the former Portuguese colonies, Lisbon’s Tropical Botanic garden was relocated in its actual Belem residence facing the 17th century Palheta Palace in 1912. The Garden adopted different designations through time: initially Colonial Garden, then Garden and Colonial Agricultural Museum (1944), Ultramar Garden in the 1950s and finally Tropical Agricultural Museum and Garden, integrated in the Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC) and the Lisbon Botanic Garden of the University of Lisbon. In 1940 the Garden hosted the Colonial Section of the Portuguese World Exhibition. Several structures were deliberately built for this occasion, as the Colonial House with colonial tile panels, the Macao Arch leading to the oriental garden and 14 African and Asian busts by Portuguese sculptor Manuel de Oliveira.
Colleex meeting’s experimental formats/interventions could be exhibited/performed along an itinerary within the Tropical Botanic Garden that includes outdoor and indoor spaces (see the map). Here you can have more information on these spaces so as to plan your potential contribution.
- Gardener’s House – Gallery with white walls and movable panels for exhibitions.
- Lion’s House (Colonial House) – Entrance + one room decorated with traditional Portuguese tiles. The themes of the tiles, together with the outdoor fountain/pool with benches and the feline’s cage are representations of the colonial imagery.
- Coffee Hothouse – circular hothouse with coffee plants.
- Tea Hothouse – circular hothouse with tea plants.
- Palheta Palace – the old library will host the papers’ presentation on the second day of the meeting.
Along the itinerary the garden alternates areas of sparse and thick vegetation, and is populated with benches, two contemporary design structures and the African and Asian busts (see pictures).
Organized by #Colleex + EBANO collective + ICS (ULisboa)
A workshop supported by European Association of Social Anthropologist (EASA).