Contemporaneity, by itself, puts us in motion. In a world where technology and communication applications change and become obsolete at every moment, it seems essential to be connected, and we demand that it be as fast as possible.
Line 1 - Blue Blocking Line (1970) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
Our displacement is not just virtual. The 20th century made it possible for us, with more urgency, to be in various places and, consequently, this constant displacement changed our perception of belonging and place.
Boarding is for Everyone (2017) by Rafael Frois TecchioMetrô de São Paulo
República (2018) by Caique de Souza LimaMetrô de São Paulo
Boarding at Sé Station, to Corinthians-Itaquera (2019) by Márcia AlvesMetrô de São Paulo
In this context, as the writer Katia Canton says in reference to the French anthropologist Marc Augé, we exchange fixed places for virtual and passing places, “places that impose other types of exchange on us”.
Influx (2019) by Luan PianiMetrô de São Paulo
It is interesting to think that these “non-places” are not depersonalized in terms of belonging among the mass of passersby. They are places, above all, of memory, coexistence, constant presence and mediation.
Faith in Rails (2019) by Eloi Batista da SilvaMetrô de São Paulo
First Test of the Prototype Train in Pátio Jabaquara (1972) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
First trip of the prototype train, 1972.
In large urban centers of the 21st century, such as in the city of São Paulo, it is inevitable to reflect on the uses of public spaces, as well as the meanings attributed to them.
Civil Works at São Bento Station (1972) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
Subway Disclosure in Brás (1979) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
Bras Station's Inauguration, 10/03/79 (1979) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
It is also inevitable to think about the quality of the space/time relationship and the basic need for urban mobility, understanding that daily commuting is inherent to people's daily lives and a crucial factor for quality of life.
The transportation facilities, and what is urgently needed to contextualize the São Paulo Metro, are public spaces that have become gigantic living spaces for millions of people.
Shield or "Tatuzão" (Tunneling Machine) - Stretch between Luz, São Bento and Sé Stations (1973) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
In addition to mobility and safety, the Metrô is responsible for several activities involving art, history and culture at the stations.
Sumaré Station, Line 2 - Green (2019) by Márcia AlvesMetrô de São Paulo
From Sé station to another place, it's just a little bit like this! (2019) by Marcelo Donizete Fialho Sant’AnnaMetrô de São Paulo
Over 50 years old, the Company also created a collection of approximately 220 thousand items, which includes photographs, videos, books, objects and a collection of contemporary art.
Music at the São Bento Station Cultural Space (1992) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
Ladies dressed in Japanese costumes (1988) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo
Therefore, “Stories in Transit” presents here some images that are part of the Metrô's heritage and that can tell a little of the history of the city of São Paulo, a little of the history of each life, each passage.
School Action Project, Student Visit to the Metro (1988) by Author UnknownMetrô de São Paulo