A very cosy village in Alentejo, Portugal – our utopia. Near this place the UTOPIA painting was created and tours across Europe with us. Immersed in nature, we have built an outdoor studio and worked on the project – painted, researched, texted, built up a blog, organized, stretched ourselves. For weeks we have braved wind and weather. We were surrounded by green hills, bizarrely shaped cork oaks, goats, sheep – and a few very friendly people, especially Riki, Saskia & Mario. Sometimes we visited the sea. We are very grateful for this time. And we are happy to have contributed with our REACTOR painting to the Festas de Maio 2016.
INTERVENTION FESTAS DE MAIO
It was quite interesting for us to witness the preparations of this event: all the people in the village helping together, constructing, cooking, decorating – all generations meeting up and celebrating, dancing and singing. Of course we had also some funny misunderstandings since our abilities in portuguese language are really basic – making an order for dinner, expecting a salad with sheep cheese and getting a salad of pig´s ears – quite a surprise which we could not really enjoy. As well as the bull catching. This kind of tradition we cannot connect to. But the aspect of a sharing and supportive community was really impressive.