January 21, 2007 - Portugal Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - Ângela Ferreira – Portuguese Pavilion
January 21, 2007

Ângela Ferreira – Portuguese Pavilion

Ângela Ferreira, Hotel da Praia Grande (The State of Things), 2003
 Courtesy the artist / Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon

10 June-21 November 2007

Fondaco Marcello

Ângela Ferreira to represent Portugal at the 2007 Venice Biennale

Ângela Ferreira has been selected to represent Portugal at the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007. The Portuguese Pavilion, produced and organized by the Institute of the Arts of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, is curated by Jürgen Bock. The Portuguese Pavilion will be located at Fondaco Marcello, on the Canal Grande, between the Academia and Rialto Bridges, a 2-minute walk from Palazzo Grassi.

Ângela Ferreira is one of Portugals most engaging contemporary artists today. She has exhibited widely since the beginning of the 1990s. Driven by political issues, Ferreira scrutinizes the use of theories in particular art historical theories and their relationship with and impact on contemporary art, calling for arts inherent communicative potential to negotiate complex subject matter.

Ferreira subtly stimulates the viewer to articulate questions in their encounter with her objects, which take the shape of skillfully executed and aesthetically appealing modernist sculptures, often combined with texts, photographs and videos. The questions instigated interrogate what we have come to consider as given in art history; however, if we consider history is a construct, one might ask: which history, whose history and history to what purpose? Venice a city with its own unique track record of more than a century of biennales, with its national presentations of art in a wide range of national modern buildings and its never-ending negotiations with (post) modernity is a perfect platform for Ferreira to tackle these issues.

Ângela Ferreira was born in 1958 in Maputo/Mozambique. She spent the 1980s in South Africa and has lived and worked in Lisbon since 1992.

Selected Solo Exhibitions in recent years include: Random Walk, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon (2005); No Place at All, Museu do Chiado Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2003); Private Views, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, Porto (2002); Zip Zap Circus School, Institute of Contemporary Art, Cape Town (2002); House Maputo: An Intimate Portrait, Museu Serralves, Porto (1999).

Selected Group Exhibitions include: (Re)volver, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon (2006); LUniversel? Dialogues avec Senghor, Joal Fadiouth, Dakar University, Senegal (2003); Continuare, Maia Biennial (2003); Squatters, Museu Serralves, Porto / Witte de With, Rotterdam (2001); Total Object Complete with Missing Parts, Tramway Gallery, Glasgow (2001); Signs of Life, Melbourne International Biennial (1999); Istanbul Biennial (1999).

For further information please contact:

Instituto das Artes – Press Office
Tel. 351 21 382 5200


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