The 29th edition of the Amadora BD festival, which starts on Friday, has Brazil as the central theme, with the exhibition of works by contemporary authors, and the Portuguese Francisco Sousa Lobo as the featured author, the organization announced.
“This year, the highlight will be a very special guest: Brazil. In an exhibition curated by Nelson Dona, Fabiana Barbosa and Aécio Diniz, with scenography by Catarina Pé-Curto, we will have the opportunity to meet a group of fundamental authors in the contemporary Brazilian panorama, which is experiencing a period of artistic and editorial boom that is very relevant, “says the organization of the International Festival of Comic Book of Amadora – Amadora BD.
For the exhibition, works by “authors from all over Brazil, awarded nationally or internationally, and who mainly produce comic strip stories about structural or fracturing themes of Brazilian society” were chosen.
The works by André Diniz, André Ducci, Helô D’Angelo, João Marcos, João Pinheiro + Sirlene Barbosa, João Spacca, Klévisson Viana, Marcelo D’Salete, Marcello Quintanilha and Pedro Cobiaco, “some awarded in Brazil and abroad, address social and political fracture issues of Brazilian and international current affairs. ”
In this edition, the featured author is Francisco Sousa Lobo, who lives and works in London since 2005.
The author, who has been dedicated to comics since the 1980s, won last year the award for Best Portuguese Comic Album with “Deserto / Nuvem” by Amadora BD.
The author’s work will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition, “with special emphasis on the award-winning work”, curated by Tiago Batista and with scenography by Carlos Farinha and Sofia Mota.
“This is a work which, after all, are two that recover and magnify each other on a dying Alentejo and the fascinating way of life in the Cartuja de Évora, where some monks resist the customs of the world, in absolute silence and solitude,” he says. the organization.
As in previous editions, the central core of Amadora BD takes place at the Luís de Camões Forum, where, in addition to the exhibitions, there will be guided tours, book presentations, film sessions and workshops for children and adults.
Considered one of the most important and recognized international comics festivals in Europe, and the largest and most important in Portugal, Amadora BD started in 1989. Each edition is dedicated to a theme and exhibits comic books, cartoons, cartoons, the cinema of animation, counting still on a fair of the book.
The 29th edition runs until 11 November.