Past exhibition at Lumiar Cité:

Manthia Diawara

26.09 - 08.11.2015

© Manthia Diawara

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In co-production with Goethe-Institut Portugal and kʼa Yéléma Productions (Paris) and in partnership with AFRICA.CONT/Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Lumiar Cité exhibition space presents the film “Wole Soyinka and Léopold Senghor – A Dialogue on Negritude” by Manthia Diawara.

Based on archive material, Manthia Diawara organizes an imagined dialogue between Léopold Senghor, one of the founders of the concept of Negritude, and Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. According to Manthia Diawara, “the film probes the current relevance of the concept of Negritude, against the views of its many critics, not only to the decolonization and independence movements of the 1950s and 1960s, but also to an understanding of the contemporary artistic and political scenes of nationalism, religious intolerance, multiculturalism, the exodus of Africans and other populations from the South, and xenophobic migration policies in the West.”

After its preview at Cinema Ideal, the film becomes the centrepiece of the exhibition opening at the Lumiar Cité exhibition space, turning the upper floor of the gallery into a temporary cinema, where the film is shown for six weeks in fixed daily sessions. The opening of the exhibition coincides with a conference with Manthia Diawara, Salah M. Hassan (Cornell University, USA) and Manuela Ribeiro Sanches (CEC / FLUL), moderated by José António Fernandes Dias (AFRICA.CONT) and organised in collaboration with AFRICA.CONT / CML and the Centro for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon University.

The film is the first result of a series of conferences organised by Maumaus and the Goethe- Institut in partnership with AFRICA.CONT / CML, New York University (USA), the Akademie der Künste (Berlin, Germany) and the Institute for Comparative Modernities / Cornell University (Ithaca, USA), which have been held since 2011 in Lisbon, Dakar (“Modernities in the Making”) and Berlin (“Rethinking Cosmopolitanism”). ( (

In 2016, the project will continue in Lisbon, with the launch of two publications that bring together essays of the participants at the conferences.

Manthia Diawara (Mali) lives and works in New York, where he is Director of the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University. As a filmmaker, he has directed “Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation” (2009), “Maison Tropicale” (Maumaus production, 2008), “Whoʼs Afraid of Ngugi?” (2006), “Bamako Sigi-kan” (2002), “Conakry Kas” (2003), “Diaspora Conversations: from Gorée to Dogon” (2000), “In Search of Africa” (1997), “Rouch in Reverse” (1995) and, together with Ngugi wa Thiongʼo, “Sembène: The Making of African Cinema” (1994), among others. His publications include “African Cinema - New Aesthetic Forms and Policies” (with Lydie Diakhate, 2011), “We Will not Budge: An African Exile in the World” (2003) “Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and spectatorship” (1993), “African Cinema: Politics and Culture” (1992) and “In Search of Africa” (1998), in addition to many essays produced about film and literature of the African diaspora.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55

Alan Read
The Dark Theatre:
Conditions of the Irreparable
11.-13.03.2020, 11 am, 2 pm

Auditorium Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Independent Study Programme
Call 2022
Until 20.09.2021

Sjoerd van Tuinen

The Politics of Resentment

23, 25, 26.03.2021
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h


Sjoerd van Tuinen
The Politics of Resentment
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h

The seminar will take place online only.

Milan Ther

From One Institution to Another: Presenting Situated Aesthetics



Fogo Island Dialogues
Atlantic Codes
November 8–9, 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lumiar Cité

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
and by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55

Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Onde descansar.
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.

Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!

Tonio Kröner
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Thompson, Jürgen Bock

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see

Extended until 6 December 2020

In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock

Waldemar d’Orey
Something is missing
21.07. – 10.10.2021

Curator: Manuel Costa Cabral

11.09 | 17h Catalogue launch

Lumiar Cité is closed for the summer break between 16 and 31 August.

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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