Casa do Povo
São Paulo, Brazil
Casa do Povo is a cultural center that revisits and reinvents notions of culture, community and memory.
Inhabited by a dozen different groups, movements and collectives, some for decades, others arriving more recently, Casa do Povo expands the notion of culture. Its interdisciplinary, process-based programming and socially-engaged activities see art as a critical tool in an ongoing process of social transformation. Literally “The People’s House”, Casa do Povo has flexible hours and no fixed events schedule, adapting to the needs of each project in order to attend to neighborhood associations as well as unconventional artistic proposals. Its work axes (memory; collective and socially-engaged practices; dialogue and involvement with its surroundings) stem from contemporary contexts in direct relation with Casa do Povo’s historical, Jewish and humanist premises. In this endeavor, the audience is not a target, but rather an active participant who, in addition to visiting, can also propose activities, making the space a locale for encounters, development and experimentation: a living monument, a place where to remember is to act.
Mônica Novaes Esmanhotto
Casa do Povo
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