Portugal Year Zero: Photobooks as a space of intervention and resistance

Research output: Non-Textual OutputExhibition


On 25 April 1974, Portuguese fascism was overthrown by a military coup. What ensued in the following five years was a complex and turbulent transition into democracy. The photobooks, pamphlets and postcards included in this exhibition are a record of that period and show how these objects functioned as instruments of celebration, propaganda, protest, recollection and questioning. These characteristics often overlapped in a single publication creating a powerful visual archive of the frenetic and unpredictable succession of events that marked this tense and exuberant period in recent Portuguese history.

By gathering and re-activating this vibrant material, this show reveals the crucial role these publications had in documenting and preserving the diverse ideological battlegrounds and key socio-political events that shaped Portugal’s initial steps towards democracy.

This exhibition is the first public display of a vast photobook selection that will be included in a study dedicated to contemporary Portuguese photobook practice to be published in 2022.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2021


  • Photobook
  • Photobook History
  • Photobookwork
  • Portuguese Photobook
  • Portuguese Revolution
  • Propaganda


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