Whenever someone says “Marvila”, or “Chelas”, there are many different images that appear in our minds about what this eastern district of the city of Lisbon is really like. These images, which illustrate the ideas that we have about this area, exist because we live there, because someone has told us a story, because of the news disseminated by the media, because we have seen some film that had Chelas as its scenery or because of the narratives circulating in the social media. Many of these representations present some of the neighbourhoods of this administrative district as problem areas, stress the stigma that falls upon them, and which so many times is incorporated by the residents.
Topias Urbanas invites us to rethink the images that we have about Marvila, through the eyes of some of its inhabitants. A video exercise will be presented which was made together with a group of young residents in this area. It is a fictional story based on their everyday experiences and proposes new stories and new ways of looking at this district.