Situated Practices

Utilities and craft perspectives – an exhibition

During its first year, the Origem Comum platform has collaborated with several artisans and other partners, to revisit ancestral techniques, shapes and models. Applying and rethinking the vernacular knowledge of a local know-how, this collaboration has resulted in a collection of simple functional objects for our daily lives. The exhibition presents designs conceived with natural materials, developed in different parts of Portugal. Side-by-side with a series of short films that offer a unique and critical perspective of the artisans’ vision of their art,their work and philosophy of life.


By presenting this project outside urban centres, we aim to return the discussion about everyday material culture to the environments where products continue to be created and produced in harmony with the environment and local culture.

In this way, we open up space for the recontextualisation, the involvement and the critique of vernacular knowledge. So that craft practices integrate the global discussion of some of the most pertinent issues of our time: sustainable production, fair trade and responsible consumption, but also respect for the climate and well-being in the community.

Alentejo Azul, Alzira Neves, António Luz, Egídio Santos, Domingos Vaz, Hortense Domingos, José Domingos, Ricardo Lopes e Valentina Silva.

Centro de Interpretação e Informação de Cacela / CMVRSA
CRIAR Odemira
Casa do Barro – São Pedro de Corval / CM Reguengos de Monsaraz

Municipality of Vila Real de Santo António
CACO Associação de Artesãos de Odemira
Municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz
Costume Museum of São Brás de Alportel

Vasco Célio / Stills

2021 – 2023

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