Fort 13, Jilava Prison. Bucharest.
Portas Abertas (Open Doors) is an international participatory artistic project organised by Fórum Eugénio de Almeida on the occasion of its opening in the former Palácio da Inquisição, marking the start of the cultural and artistic activities to be presented in this new space in Évora, Portugal.
The historical connotation of the building—the former Palace of the Inquisition—demands a responsible reflection on its memory. Creators from around the world are invited to submit works for the inaugural exhibition at Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, which will be held from 11 July to 15 September 2013. Based on a reflection on the origins of the Fórum building, Portas Abertas seeks to open debate on questions of intolerance in the past and in the present.
With the Portas Abertas project, the Fórum intends to reflect on historical facts related to intolerance and repression under the Inquisition that, as is common knowledge, transcend the local and temporal context. The theme of discrimination seeks to emphasise that art, through collaborative international action, can open doors for intercultural dialogue, as a foundation for the construction of a fairer, more plural, tolerant and inclusive society. With this project, the Fórum marks its position and demonstrates its clear commitment to contemporary creation, crossing boundaries and overcoming the elitism frequently associated with the traditional notion of the „museum”; to networked culture and the dynamics of cooperation on a worldwide scale, and therefore to internationalisation.