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Living Archive
Casa do Povo Library

Living Archive
Casa do Povo Library


Visit hours

Tuesday to Saturday,

2 to 7 pm


11 May

10 am to 1 pm


What happens when a library that has been closed for forty years reopens its doors?

Faced with the imminent reinauguration of the Casa do Povo Library, such is the question inhabiting not only the building, but also the bodies circulating within it. Since 2017, the Living Archive project has been posing questions on what is the sense of retrieving the activities of the library and the documental archive of Casa do Povo.

How to make public a public collection?

How can an archive tell the story of a space built by multiple and contradictory voices?
How can a library organize different knowledges without immobilizing them?

The reorganization of the library and its opening are the result of a collective process. It counted on members of the groups and initiatives that compose the Povo da Casa, such as Marina Sendacz and Leda Tronca, associates of Casa do Povo in charge of preserving the archive and who also take part in the dynamics of the institution for many generations now, as well as the technical staff of the space. The proposition was not only to reopen the library as it used to be, but rather to integrate it to what currently exists in the building, so as to allow the past to resignify the present and vice versa.

By means of workshops, talks, and activations, we came to understand together that Casa do Povo hosted not just one, but several libraries. In addition to nearly 8 thousand books, many of them coming in the suitcases of immigrant refugees fleeing the Second World War, there were also the collections of the collectives based in the institution. The library of sewing molds of Ateliê Vivo, the typography collection of Ocupeacidade, the posters and publications made at the Parquinho Gráfico, and the scores of Coral Tradição broaden the narratives about Casa do Povo. The different typologies of these collections evidence the plurality of practices going on at the place, all the while they also deepen some of the axes of work of the Casa since its foundation – memory, resistance, experimentation, collectivities, neighborhood, progressive judaism, left-oriented movements etc.

The creation of this physical space materializes a wide range of invisible moments of coexistence and collective knowledge that take place at Casa do Povo on a daily basis, putting on the same space the practices that normally happen in separated times and spaces. The furniture designed by O grupo inteiro integrates these different types of records and collections, providing visitors with other possibilities of frequenting the space. In this sense, the library works both as a crossing space of knowledges and stories connected with themes of interest of Casa do Povo, and as a self-reflexive platform seeking to think what might a library be today, in all its living potency.

The Living Archive does not find an end with the inauguration, quite the opposite: a series of activations will take place throughout the year and will be disclosed as part of the schedule. 

The collection of the Casa do Povo Library is available for consultation on site only, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Casa do Povo's programming expands the notion of culture, incorporating a large array of activities beyond artistic practices - from health and caring to community issues. The code of colors, filters and tags on the website helps to navigate through this entanglement of people and initiatives. Porous, mutant and critical, the programming allows the institution to structure itself without becoming rigid, to reinvent itself without growing precarious, to internationalize without giving up its local relevance, that is, in order to experiment with other forms of existence.

Regular activities

We strive to offer a lineup of courses that pique interest in the neighborhood and in Casa do Povo’s groups in residence, based on original and accessible practices (for those who offer, those who welcome and those who attend).

Study groups
In dialogue with the institution's axes, the study groups have various operational modes, some focused on internal processes, discussions and readings and others capable of overlapping into public events programming.


Commissioned works
Casa do Povo invites artists to develop new works, adapting its physical structure and guaranteeing the full operational existence of each project held here.

Each publication is understood as an extension of the projects developed and as a part of the events schedule.

Combining processes and results, discourses and actions, artistic and academic work, Casa do Povo promotes encounters based on specific themes according to the urgent issues of the day.

Hosted events

Groups in residence can promote public activities that become part of the events schedule. Deliberately discontinuous and fluid, these activities establish close dialogues with the institution's work axes and help make Casa do Povo larger than it is, overflowing with community life.

Projects and proposals can be sent to for assessment. At the same time, with the intention of encouraging this movement, an annual open call dedicated exclusively to collective practices has been launched.

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Nossa Voz
Nossa Voz

Nossa Voz is a publication by Casa do Povo. Literally “Our Voice,” the newspaper existed alongside the institution from 1947 to 1964, with texts in Yiddish and Portuguese and an editorial profile aligned with left wing ideals. It was shut down by the military dictatorship, which forced editor-in-chief Hersch Schechter and other contributors into exile. Relaunched in 2014, it continues to dialogue with its historical premises while rethinking its editorial directives.

The editorial committee relies on representatives from a wide variety of areas, meeting regularly to discuss issues concerning the city, memory and artistic practices according to the current political situation.

The publication is distributed free of charge and can be obtained at Casa do Povo during hours of operation, at partner institutions and some commercial establishments in the neighborhood of Bom Retiro in São Paulo.

Access recent issues below.

Click here to see old issues of Nossa Voz (1947-1964)