The Orient Museum in Lisbon had to bring us something from the east. Yet it is obviously from a portuguese point of view. This exhibition was born from a long journey, crossing several countries. Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. The places were chosen with precision and the expedition was undertaken by the architects António Duarte and Sérgio Andrade as they explored mythical and unknown places in the search of what the east had to offer.
After their return, Hugo Branco, Luís Afflalo, Miguel Brito, Nuno Pinheiro and Raul Coelho joined the two travelers and together they began a process of learning and experimenting, a year long practice that resulted in this fabulous exhibition.
So what will you be seeing? The exhibition took advantage of several mediums – Photography, Film, Sound, Drawing and Writing, – all to produce thousands of records. The objects presented are a mixture of many things, just like what they saw, difficult to label.
Overall the end result will make you think and live the present Asia – that is growing so fast while struggling with keeping its millennial history alive amongst the technological advances and the globalization.
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