Stefano Martini


22.06 - 23.07.2022

The series “Riviera” - 2018-2019 is an investigation in the territory of the South Bank of the Tagus River, in Lisbon, where the artist summons the different relationships of space with time and the geographical use around its estuary. It highlights the urban transformations that appear as marks of social and political contextualization, crossing the register between the industrial and remaining past through buildings, factories, houses, streets, means of transport, areas in imminent transition due to real estate speculation and the remarkable connection and contrast with Lisbon, on the other side. As a narrative, the record of contemporary space and the intersection of architecture with the environment, provokes the inquiry and reflection of its individual and collective constitution, revealing the impacts of a globalized world in constant change. The search for the “Riviera” is revealed through the points of convergence that emerge in this territory in the process of transition, in the promise of change and, at the same time, in the ambition of the market that wants to transform the potential of the region with its privileged location into an idea of “Portuguese Riviera”.


Stefano Martini (b.1987, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Lives in Portugal since 2018. Graduated in Design from the Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and Photography from the Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Comercial RJ. For 12 years, he developed his collaborator photographer for some of the main titles of the Brazilian press. He was a finalist for the 2016 Editora Globo Award. In 2017, he was commissioned to develop the exhibition at the Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal and at Cidade das Artes, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2019, he completed a postgraduate degree in Contemporary Photography Discourses at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa and won the 3rd edition in the V edition of the Sintra Photography Prize at the Sintra Museum of Arts. In the 20th edition of the Vila Franca de Xira Photography Biennial - BF20, he was one of the winners. In 2022, he was part of the 2nd Cycle of Exhibitions in Photography and Territory at Casa dos Cubos in Tomar and was selected at the Annual Urbanautica Institute Awards 2021.