Present in the Ruins of Empire. A Visual Essay from Lisbon and Sintra

“Ruins are not just found; they are made. They become repositories of public knowledge and new concentrations of public declaration.”

“One task of a renewed (post)colonial studies would be to sharpen our senses and sense of how to track the tangibilities of empire as effective histories of the present.”


from Ann Laura Stoler. Duress. Imperial Durabilities in Our Times. Durham/London 2016, p. 364 and p. 378.

by Esther Helena Arens, Lisbon (Belém, Jardim Botânico Tropical, Museu de Marinha, Museu Nacional de História e da Ciência) and Sintra (Palácio Nacional da Pena), December 2017.

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