Passeio – Platform for Urban Art and Culture and one of the intervention projects of the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) – launched, on September 25, at the café A Brasileira, the book Cenas e vistas da A Brasileira. Lídia Dias, councillor of Braga City Council, Moisés de Lemos Martins, director of CECS, Helena Pires, one of the authors of the book, Pedro Seromenho, illustrator, and Eduardo Jorge Madureira, journalist, spoke at the launch event.
The publication, which has the support of the Braga City Council, came after more than a year of immersion of Passeio’s researchers in the daily life of the café, with notes taken in the field, informal conversations, interviews with regulars, as well as some of its employees. Inside, the book by Helena Pires, Fábio Marques and Sofia Gomes, has illustrations by Pedro Seromenho.
Like other historic cafes, A Brasileira is recognized for being part of the trade with heritage value in Braga. The book reveals the different ways in which those who attend A Brasileira appropriate coffee in their daily lives. This publication seeks to configure itself as an asset for the collective memory and sense of community in the city.
The book was published, in addition to the physical version, in digital version.
This is a project that aims to “investigate the multiple manifestations of art and culture in the urban space, covering architecture, decorative arts, outdoor advertising and shop windows, street arts, traditional commerce, graffiti, not forgetting the life stories and memories, the experiences of (and in) everyday life, the ambiences and rhythms of the city, among other layers of meaning that one seeks to observe, contextualize and make visible. A detailed look, from a lateral perspective, focused on the apparent insignificance, the skin and the ears of each corner, the objects we are most inattentive to, but also (and above all) to the micro-cultures and artistic achievements of small communities, in its tacit connection with the global world ”.