History of the Difference Cooperative (1979-2021)
Diferença Comunicação Visual CRL is a non-profit Cultural Cooperative, founded on the 30th January of 1979 by Ernesto de Sousa, Helena Almeida, Irene Buarque, António Palolo, Monteiro Gil, José Conduto, José Carvalho, Fernanda Pissarro, Marília Viegas and Maria Rolim.
The initial founding nucleus of Cooperativa Diferença – Comunicação Visual was born from the Alternative Zero organized by the artist Ernesto de Sousa in 1977, which was a turning point in Contemporary Portuguese Art, and whose centenary was recently celebrated.
In 1985, we were granted the Public Utility Statute in recognition of our
pioneer work to support young artists and also due to the close collaboration with the Quadrum Gallery, the CAPC of Coimbra, the Cooperativa Árvore do Porto, the Vostell Museum of Malpartida de Cáceres, the MAC of S. Paulo in ’81 and ’85, Art Micro with the Brazilian Concrete Poetry Group, the creation of the Photography Biennial with the Vila Franca de Xira Chamber with Américo Silva, the Portuguese Sculpture Center and GIEFARTE / Fundação Carmona e Costa.
The workshops on the first floor regularly hold engraving, photography and
serigraphy where teaching activities and production of author editions are centered. In these 42 years of activity, we continue to develop educational and cultural programs through workshops and exhibitions, we are a non-profit gallery that continues to be available for young artists to start their artistic activity in this historic, cooperative and public space.