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Jarbas Lopes led a fortnight of workshops held at Gasworks and at the London Printworks Trust. His work being strongly involved in social and communal visual culture, his residency provided a perfect opportunity for the outreach project.

The question posed was: what is a landmark for you? Jarbas spent the first day in discussion with the group, after giving a short slide show of his work so far in Brazil. They spent time discussing their aims and Jarbas introduced the idea that a landmark could be defined in many ways other than traditional tourist symbols, and the group decided to base the project around this idea.

Each participant took a disposable camera and went out to photograph anything that they felt was a landmark, whether personal or institutional. In another session, the group got together for a picnic, in order to create a strong group atmosphere and begin a theme of relationships as landmarks. Their presence and the activities in the park contributed to this understanding of monuments; it was a realisation of their emphasis on people actively occupying public spaces, establishing bonds and using local resources to create landmarks and communities.

Further sessions saw the participants making drawings, collages and designs based on all their experiences and photographs, leading to their work at the London Printworks Trust, where they began making designs. During these sessions all participants were taught how to print on T-shirts, learning a variety of techniques and styles. The end result was over 150 T-shirts of various colours and designs printed during the workshops.

Throughout these sessions Jarbas had been discussing the view that everybody is a monument as everybody carries a combined personal and public history. The T-shirts were made for the event of a mass distribution on the streets of Brixton; as people moved away in their new T-shirts the visual effect of the bright colours and striking designs conveyed a sense of unity and individuality at the same time.

The event stirred a lot of curiosity in Brixton, and many people commented on the importance of projects such as this, which attempt to replace the apparent anonymity of the city with a sense of community. The group felt they were marking out the population of Lambeth as a constantly changing and massively individualised landmark in themselves, a creative realisation of theirs and Jarbas’ ideas.