The Jamaican Quarter can be seen at MAAT until September

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The Jamaican Quarter can be seen at MAAT until September

The installation “Model of Jamaica” is part of the exhibition “X is not a small country – deciphering the post-global era”.

There are plans to demolish the neighborhood and relocate the residents.

Bairro da Jamaica will be presented in Seixal in MAAT in Lisbon until September. The installation “Model of Jamaica” is a model of the already demolished model 10 of the neighborhood, which is part of the exhibition “X is not a small country – unveiling the post-global era”, which opened on April 5th.

This installation is the result of a collaboration between several residents of the neighborhood, the photographer José Sarmento Matos, the architect Paulo Moreira, the rapper Kid Robinn and Chão – Oficina de Etnografia Urbana. It is the only Portuguese project in this larger exhibition curated by Aric Chen and Martina Muzi.

The model within the MAAT.

This “model of Jamaica” shows photos, tells the story of the neighborhood and projects a video that tells the daily life of the residents (part of the filming was done by themselves). Kid Robinn’s “Perspetiva” theme serves as the soundtrack.

Photographer José Sarmento Matos received a National Geographic Society grant to focus on housing inequality during the pandemic crisis. He spent several weeks in the Jamaica neighborhood between September last year and February 2021.