Andrew Nunes runs umhomemnacidade.com; born and raised in England by his Portuguese father and mother, Andrew has always been interested in his heritage and the Lusophone world, the different cultures than his surroundings in England. An interest that stems from various members of his family, for example, Andrew’s great-uncle was a political prisoner in Tarrafal situated in the Portuguese penal colony of Cape Verde, established during the authoritarian regime of Antonio Salazar’s Estado Novo, for dissenters who opposed the regime. Wanting to oust Salazar from power, Andrew’s great-uncle, a sailor in the Portuguese Navy protested with other navy personnel in a naval revolt in 1936, known as the “Revolta dos Marinheiros”, using two naval vessels in the Lisbon harbour. The revolt was unsuccessful, subsequently, costing all involved their freedom. (An account of this event appears at the end of José Saramago’s 1984 novel, O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis). Later, when much of Portuguese Africa sought independence from the Portuguese yoke, his father and uncle were sent among thousands of men, to quell the unrest in Portugal’s oversea territories, with no choice to oppose the war or face imprisonment. An avoidable colonial war, which rapidly became unpopular that ensued on many African fronts, Andrew’s father deployed in Mozambique and his uncle in Angola. As such, these aspects of Portuguese history and events form within Andrew a profound personal interest in Portuguese history, culture and its politics, that led him to study a Bachelor of Arts degree in Iberian and Latin American Studies, at the University of London. Prior to university Andrew trained and performed Capoeira for many years, along with holding fitness and personal training qualifications, as well as a college diploma in Humanities. Andrew is currently conducting a Master of Research degree in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies, focusing his research on, ‘Contemporary Representations of Mid-Twentieth Century, Americana and Rock ‘n’ Roll Subculture in Portugal’.
Apart from Andrew’s current concentration at university, he is also interested in the aesthetics of clothes and images, the meanings and representations they formulate and project, especially those cultural artefacts belonging to the 1950s. Um Homem na Cidade is a project that addresses such interests by showcasing 1950s menswear, an aesthetic that is always apparent in Andrew’s visual presentation, but day to day he is not solely influenced by the era, but also enjoys and is driven by many contemporary things.