This sardine evokes a 3000-year-old ritual, celebrated today in various Central American countries. This celebration honors the memory of the locals’ ancestors. Colorfully adorned Skulls are its most expressive symbol. They represent death and rebirth. The turban emphasizes the relationship between cultures, and is a direct reference to Chakall.
This Sardine in his black gown likes to work and play hard. She is defiantly
top of his class! When he is not studying and collecting the colourful university ribbons she likes nothing better than play Fado de Coimbra with his “Guitar” late into the night. This sardine presents the youthfulness, energy and romance that is unique to this city.
Nice Chiquita from Martinica/ dresses herself with a banana skin/ doesn’t
wear a dress, doesn’t wear shorts/ winter is midsummer for her/ existentialist quite rightly/ Moves only as her heart commands.
Madonna, always young, so girlie, the queen of pop, and always in Vogue. Global stardom was not enough for her, and that’s why now queen of Lisbon and of the smokiest sardines. Madonna is a top sardine, irreverent, sexy, sparkling, and she is now part of Portugal and what this country has to offer the world. Madonna or a good sardine – why not both in one?
Maria Amor represents Portuguese women throughout history: The wives of the fishermen who wait for their men the whole night long, the women waiting for their soldiers, the mothers, and saudade, who only those who love can feel.
Life should be lived like a fairy tale, with a rebellious spirit and without fear. In spite of these modern times, life still requires courage and inspiration from all the women who face abuse and harassment. These victories are represented by this Little Red Hood, striding confident, tattooed and fearless, after conquering and slashing her greatest enemy and ready to confront any “big bad wolves” that come her way.
Portugal receives the sardine directly from the sea. In many parts of the world we’ve known them by opening the can and finding, as a graphite pencil box, an ordered queue of sardines… I had always the feeling that if I opened a sardine, I would find something else inside.
This is a tribute to the beautiful Portuguese coast that allows for such good sunbathing, but above all to the lovingly peculiar Portuguese people – who love to sunbathe and go to the beach taking along everything you can possibly think of, filling the sand with all colors!