Pedro Soares Neves


Pedro studied at the Universidade de Lisboa, CIEBA – Centro de Investigação e de Estudos em Belas-Artes. His research begins from the question: “How to preserve the cultural values ​​of Urban Art produced in Lisbon between 2008 and 2014?” and is focused on Urban Art produced in Lisbon during this period of time and based, as object of study, on the knowledge acquired on post 1974 murals, Graffiti dated from 1980 to 2000 and posterior Street Art in the early 21st century.
This research has a strong relationship to the place under scrutiny, the forms that characterize it and the processes that generate these forms. While observing different scales and plans, it is focused on timeless values and seeks to identify the attached cultural values in relation to the adopted framework of values, intersected with the information gathered during the phase of data collection.

Since the object of study has an impact on the features of the territory and influences the urban landscape, its theoretical framework, in the enlarged field of the Sciences of Art (using the classic designation by Rosalind Krauss), is rooted in the History of Architecture and Urbanism. On the other hand, Visual Anthropology – through Ethnography and Ethnology – will provide a better understanding of what Urban Art is and help identify its cultural values. With regard to the challenge of its conservation, support will be sought from the knowledge acquired in the conservation of intangible heritage, which, in the case of Urban Art, poses the question to what extent it is part of the way how cities are made.

Thus, the study seeks to achieve the following objectives:
Main goal: to identify the cultural values ​​of the object of study.
Secondary goal: to identify if urban art can be considered to be intangible cultural heritage.

He is the promoter, co-organizer / member of the Executive Committee of the Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa and the Centro de Inovação da Mouraria, in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

He can be seen presenting at the Graffiti Sessions conference in London in 2014 here.

Promotor, co-organizer / member of the Executive Committee of the Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creatvity International Seminar, CIEBA/FBAUL, IHA/ FCSH-UN, 2015

related publications

Street Art and Urban Creativity available here