The exhibition ARE YOU A TOURIST? is an invitation to think about tourism practices and the arbitrariness of the bounds of what a tourist 'is'. It aims to counter the 'tourist' self-absorption, facing up to the mere objectification and commoditization of the 'local', and to contribute to the blurring of social and cultural barriers between the 'tourist' and the 'local', counteracting touristphobia phenomena. The main goal is to foster practices of envisaging 'locals' and 'tourists' as people/inhabitants of the same world, locating them within the broad range of mobilities in leisure practices, not disregarding its historical framing in the evolution of the tourism practices in Portugal during the last 50 years and its relation to the world system. The exhibition is designed over material and oral testimonies collected among 'locals' and 'visitants' that are emblematic of wider personalized experiences of the tourism encounters.
Maria Cardeira da Silva
Circulation and Place-Making
Practices and Politics of Culture