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Expo area before Expo

Thanks to Expo’98, the east section of Lisbon, which lay partly abandoned, partly frozen in time, was reborn with the creation of Parque das Nações, a city within a city. Photographer Bruno Portela was a privileged witness to one of the country’s greatest urban transformations. Few people have any idea of what inhabited the landscape 20 years ago. Seven exhibitions, with 78 large-scale photographs and a documental tone, will take the visitor to a past which, though recent, will seem far away and unreal. One city can hide another: careful as you cross.