O Espelho (The Mirror) is an urban wall newspaper, food for thought and fleeting opportunity for reflection and, above all, a mirror of society. The use of this traditional communication format as the voice and means of agitation and instrumentalization of urban space, is the result and response of a group of journalists, artists, architects, writers, photographers – many of them without work – to the precarious situation and social injustice due to the economic crisis and austerity frenzy of the troika. The first edition of O Espelho appeared for Angela Merkel’s visit to Portugal in November 2012 and since then is always published for important events and funded through personal initiative, crowd-funding and subscribers. In critical essays, graphics, illustrations and photographs, the editors undertake collective self-reflection and call out to the people of the 21st century within the crisis vortex.
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Publishing, co-working, networking, crowd funding
Writers, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers, artists, journalists, architects, designers, students
Austerity, unemployment, unconstitutional tax hikes, sluggish judiciary, oppressive partisanship, lack of team- and co-work