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The third edition of the project ‘Power of the Word’ culminates in an installation in the Islamic East Gallery around the theme ‘Women: Navigating Presence and Absence’.

Power of the Word is a participatory curatorial project in the Museum involving a diverse group of Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Portuguese speakers who live in Lisbon. Their latest collaboration explores the theme Women: Navigating Presence and Absence. This time the intervention in the Islamic East Gallery is a space of reflection and encounter with the life stories of women who inhabit objects in the collection, with origins ranging from Egypt to India, from the twelfth century until today.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Av. de Berna, 45A

1067-001 Lisbon, Portugal


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