This thesis is inscribed in the area of painting and is developed toward its affiliation in the wider field of art. It looks into the nature of the argu- ments an author uses in the search of artistic intervention corresponding to his implication in the social tissue. Although the analysis is displaced to the process prior to the artistic pro- duction, this work does not neglect the necessity of instilling into the created objects a pregnancy of meaning that may touch the observer and highlight the meaning conferred by the author. In the emphasis of the meaningfulness inherent in the artistic product – magic result of an accu- mulated experience and mark of the effort of contamination authors wish to infuse – a link is established with the commitment of many contempo- rary artists willing to intervene in the precise field of art, in the political dimension that rebels against injustice. The study is centred on the sphere of intimacy of a painter, the author of thesis himself, so that the authorial sense, built in a cooperative involve- ment with other artists, art teachers and students, cultural authors and development promoters working with communities and populations in distant geographies (Mozambique, Cape Vert, Brazil and Portugal), can be presented more accurately. This geography is due to the interest of creating and embracing lasting relationships with underprivileged communities from developing coun- tries committed in improving their living conditions far from the domi- nant centres of global market of art. The analysis of the process of the author’s identity shaping, made through the account of his inter-relational experience – which clarifies his critical posture regarding the state of the art – provides a view (of western cultural matrix) of the world we live in, on the threshold of the 21st cen- tury, in a present that consolidates the history founded in the confines of collective memory; present that searches for new paradigms to overcome the exhaustion of the effort of modernism and colonialism and which
enable generalised democracy. This explanation of the author’s posture regarding the world of art reveals, in an intimate way, the ideological architecture of his relationship with that field and the way he pursues a lucid and meaningful intervention.
The results of the research on four case studies are presented to give consistency, for their exemplarity, to the process of the author’s authorial identity shaping. These cases, geographically situating the artistic inter- ventions and the political involvement, highlight the importance of an attentive eye on the external field of art, in order to evaluate the possibili- ties of communicational relationship beyond the Western world as well as the two-way interferences that can be exerted on the public space and on daily life.
By birth and education the author declares that his cultural matrix is wes- tern and he is studying the importance of confrontation with other reali- ties and its indispensability to improve the quality of participation in the processes of development.

Year 2009
Type Thesis