Composição gráfica a partir de fotografia de Ana Hatherly,1974. © Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa

The Artist went out to the streets

20 of April to 31 of December of 2023

On the eve of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Revolution, we share here at the Aljube Museum the photographs taken by Ana Hatherly on 25th April 1974.

Throughout the country, little was known about what was happening in the capital and the outcome of the military coup. However, in Lisbon, people took to the streets, they celebrated, saluted the military, invaded the censorship headquarters and the Época newspaper, friends embraced in a mixture of surprise and joy, slogans were shouted, the yearning and clamor for the end of the colonial war and for freedom broke out. The coup was turning into a revolution. Fortunately, Ana Hatherly did not follow the recommendations issued by the MFA command post and took to the streets to poetically record this day.

To share them here in this parlatory of the former political prison is to materialize a duty and right to celebrate April 25, 1974. The rituals of celebration of the conquests of freedom and democracy are indispensable for us to understand their value and persist in their uncompromising defense.

Technical File
PARTNERSHIP: Aljube Museum Resistance and Freedom / Lisbon Municipal Archive – Photographic
EXHIBITION DESIGN: Sofia Teixeira Gomes and Pedro J. Márquez are Ant’s Memory
RESEARCH: Francisco Bairrão Ruivo
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Eduardo Ferreira
COMMUNICATION: Joana Alves and Sara Borralho
PRODUCTION: Ana Reguino and Joana Alves

Acknowledgements: Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa, Centro de Arte Moderna da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Isabel Carlos


Sofia Teixeira Gomes and Pedro J. Márquez are Memory of Ant, filmmakers graduated from the Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, Pedro graduated in Cinematography (2002) and Sofia in Directing (2004). In the last 20 years, they have worked in the Spanish, Brazilian, Japanese and Cuban film industries. In Portugal, Sofia directed the TV movie Vizinhas (RTP, 2022), with photography by Pedro J. Márquez, who also directed the Luso-Brazilian feature A Viagem de Pedro (2021), among many others. Sofia collaborated with the Museu do Aljube Resistência e Liberdade in the exhibition Women and Resistance, in the online training cycle “Cidadania, porque sim!” and, together with Pedro, in the design of the exhibition A Artista Saiu à Rua (2023). Currently, Memória de Formiga is developing Sofia’s first fiction feature film, Nave Maria, supported by the European MEDIA program, and is preparing the edition of Pedro’s first photobook, from his project “Under the Rainbow”, selected in the program Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña (2021).

Isabel Carlos (1962) has a degree in Philosophy from Coimbra University and a Master in Social Communication from Universidade Nova de Lisboa with the thesis “Performance or Art in an Uncomfortable Place” (1993). Art critic since 1991. Advisor for the exhibition area of Lisbon’94 – European Capital of Culture. She was co-founder and sub-director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, under the tutelage of the Ministry of Culture (1996-2001). She was a member of the juries of the Venice Biennale (2003), the Turner Prize (2010), The Vincent Award (2013), among others. Co-selector of the Ars Mundi, Cardiff (2008).
Among the numerous exhibitions she has organized and catalogs she has published are: Sydney Biennale “On Reason and Emotion” (2004), Helena Almeida’s “Intus”, Pavilion of Portugal, Venice Biennale (2005), “Provisions for the Future”, Sharjah Biennale (2009). Between 2009 and 2015 she was director of CAM_Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon. She organized the following anthological exhibitions as well as the respective publications: “Entrada Azul”- Helena Almeida, Casa da America, Madrid 1998; “Tela Rosa para Vestir” – Helena Almeida, Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid 2008; in Lisbon at CAM: “Menina Limpa Menina Suja” – Ana Vidigal, 2010; “Linha de Montage” – Miguel Palma”, 2011; “Frutos Estranhos” – Rosangela Renno, 2012; “O Peso do Paraíso”- Rui Chafes, 2014; “Luanda, Los Angeles, Lisbon” – Antonio Ole, 2016. “Todos os Títulos Estão Errados”- Paulo Quintas, Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional, EGEAC – Lisbon, 2018.