EdgeArts | Portugal

28.09.- 30.11.2017

Artist: Pedro Pires

Symposium at LEAP auditorium

28th September, 2017


6pm | Panel of Discussion

Inês Valle (moderator)

Issa Touma,

Pedro Pires,

Pedro Calado from ACM 

Margarida Pinto Correia, representative the EDP Foundation on the Executive Committee of PAR.

7.30pm | Film Screening

"9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo" 


"3,041,19 km" originates from an article in the Guardian newspaper about the involvement of a French consul in businesses involving the sale of rubber boats to Turkish smugglers. These same boats were used to transport migrants / refugees illegally from Turkey to Greece, for amounts ranging from 1000 up to 1500 euros per head. Pedro Pires realized a journey on the island of Lesbos in March 2016, to work as a volunteer and research as an artist. He helped a non-governmental institution ERCI and took part in many arrivals of refugees and boats that daily reach the beaches of the island. Pedro Pires also collected numerous abandoned objects on these beaches and was in contact with the reality of this island.

The project aims to question the reaction and involvement of the EU in this wave of people arriving to this continent, the social and political consequences of these events and the relation between the countries that make up the European Union and its ideals.

Lisbon e Lesbos are situated at opposite ends of Europe, one city is located in the west and the other at the east. This project draws a symbolic approach between these two realities. 3.041,19 km aims to raise issues relating to the creation of new demographics and European identities and also to address the socio- economic ideals of Europe and its constituent countries.


Exhibition leaflet

"9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo" by Issa Touma
On 19 August 2012 Issa Touma grabbed his camera when he noticed young men from the Free Syrian Army building a sandbag barricade under the window of his apartment. The civil war reached Aleppo. Over the first nine days of the conflict, Touma captured its changing nature and dynamic, as T-shirt-wearing partisans gave way to the heavily armed militants of the al-Tawhid Brigade. The film was directed and edited by Dutch Filmmakers Floor van der Meulen and Thomas Vroege.


Video by: Issa Touma // Directed and edited by: Floor van der Meulen and Thomas Vroege // Co-production of: DeepFocus WebDocs and Paradox // Specification: 13 08 //in English / Dutch / Arabic // European Film Award for Best Short Film and BFI Award - for the best short film;

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