And if youâ€™re in Lisbon until the end of October youâ€™ll also notice some other colorful pieces of fabric that could very well be a painting in a museum. That is in fact not too far from the truth, as these originally were paintings and drawings by Dutch artist Guus Slauerhoff.
Those banners make up an installation called â€œFacets of Life,â€ consisting of 85 paintings reproduced on transparent cloth. Their images and displayÂ were inspired by Fado music andÂ Alfamaâ€™s floating laundry.
The artist aims to connect the history of Fado in Alfama to the contemporary life in the neighborhood, where the music genre still has a huge presence in daily life. The banners measuring 240x150cm hang from many of the neighborhoodâ€™s oldest houses, transmitting the feeling of melancholy or nostalgia that both the music and Alfama often bring.
Slauerhoff fell in love with Fado in 2003 when he first heard a Cristina Branco CD. The songs of that Fado singer fascinated him enough to visit Lisbon in 2004, when he created an exhibition called â€œThe Soul of Fadoâ€ for the Fado Museum.
This is his second project in Lisbon and looks like it wonâ€™t be his last.