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Lopes, João Teixeira
|Title:||Learning how to work in the arts field in Portugal: a biographical approach to the migrant artists' trajectories|
|Abstract:||The article considers the key dimensions of the life trajectories of the immigrant artistsliving in the Lisbon metropolitan area focusing on those related to the socialization process both in formalinstitutions and in a broader setting of informal learning. The authors conducted a sociological analysisof 20 biographical interviews with a heterogeneous set of individuals, including musicians, dancers andplastic artists. These interviews were a part of the research project on the social trajectories of migrantartists from the non-European Union countries living in Portugal. The results of the analysis show thatformal and informal learning together with the migrant experience are intertwined and constitute the keyfactor in the configuration of migrant trajectories. There is often a mobility pattern across art styles,which makes differences between formal and informal circumstances in the life trajectories of migrantartists evident. Migration has a strong impact on the artistic work; this impact affects different areas ofbiographical experience: contact with the Portuguese culture, development of ethnic references, andparticipation in transnational art movements. The condition of immigrant artists generally implies a longtrajectory of artistic training, including significant experiences of formal and informal learning in multiplesocial contexts throughout the life course. For those dedicated to the new transnational urban cultures(hip hop, graffiti, etc.), informal learning is the most important element. For those engaged in the traditionalarts, the attendance of lengthy artistic programs seems to be a fundamental prerequisite for training andrecognition. Together with the long and significant artists investments in their education, the sociologicalstudy also revealed the great vulnerability (and precariousness) of their life trajectories, and the lack ofstructures supporting their access to the labor market.|
|Document Type:||Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional|
|Appears in Collections:||FLUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional|
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