Mercado das Migalhas (Crumbs Market) was a popular market in Lisbon that is going to be reenacted on the 5th of July 2020 by Teatro Praga with visual artists João Pedro Vale + Nuno Alexandre Ferreira, with the participation of more than 30 members of the artistic LGBTQI+ community in the Lisbon area.
With roots going back to 1740, the date of the creation of Bairro Alto’s dump, currently known as the garden of Príncipe Real, where Mercado das Migalhas takes place, this market is mainly dedicated to the inventive and informal survival commerce of LGBTQI + artists and other identities. With the COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of the year as a background, this market aims not only to recover, through a “retrospective ethnography”, a fundamental part of the erased history of marginalities and their informal procedures, but also to reactivate a plural cosmogony that allows the development of strategies for the visibility of non-predominant regimes and the survival of LGBTQI + artists and other mythologies occupying similar places today. Sharing influences as diverse as the Stonewall mutiny, the small art fairs of the 1970s at Praça Luís de Camões, the AIDS Quilt Memorial, the Collective Painting (1974), the sales of Martha Rosler or Rob Pruitt, Mercado das Migalhas is a survival market and an action of subsistence that offers an impact on na unimaginable scale in the LGBTQI + artistic community. Accompanied by publications and unique performative rituals, this market is a fundamental event in the spatial occupation of those who have always had “more history than geography”.
Organization André e. Teodósio / Teatro Praga, João Pedro Vale + Nuno Alexandre Ferreira
Artists and collectives TBA
Host Cláudia Jardim
Ardina Francisco Belard
Courier Diogo Bento
Parlapiê dxs Catadorxs Joana Manuel
Partners Junta de Freguesia da Misericórdia
With the support of the Lisbon City Council