Art and culture, hegemony and resistance: a comparative reading of different territories in Lisbon

Abstract: In this article, we highlight the importance of art and culture as elements of transformation in the contemporary city. Adopting a critical urban perspective, we developed ethnographic fieldwork between 2018 and 2019, taking as a starting point the ambivalences of art and culture in the transformation of territories. We look at three territories in Lisbon where the relationship between the city and the arts stands out: the Intendente, as a reference case of public policies that transformed a decadent space into a fashionable one; Marvila, as an old industrial space that has undergone important changes; and the hill of Santana, as a space designed for the future, where built heritage, structures and cultural and artistic events leverage the transformation process. Evidence suggests that Lisbon has replicated the prevailing neoliberal urban model. Furthermore, the social dynamics of resistance, although tenuous and often impotent to change hegemonic dynamics, is an important force in the territories. The three cases presented allow us to understand the direction of socio-territorial change, highlighting the importance of the presence of classified built heritage, structures and artistic and cultural events in valuing spaces, promoting their commodification and contributing to urban competitiveness. Access here.




Ana Estevens; André Carmo


Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia