Ângela Ferreira: Monuments in Reverse

postCurated by Ana Balona de Oliveira

Opening January 17th, 7pm / until March 15th

The solo exhibition ‘Monuments in Reverse’ gathers for the first time a set of works by Ângela Ferreira, made between 2008 and 2012, which emerged from the same research-based processes, giving rise, however, to disparate installations whose intimate relationships tend to remain unexplored from a curatorial perspective. With the aim of opening a space of visibility for the conceptual and formal interstices sustaining her practice in general and these works in particular, the exhibition is purposefully documentary and process-based. It intends to shed light on thinking processes more than points of arrival, through the possibility of new connections, or the visibility of previously occluded ones, the strong presence of drawing and video, and the dialogue with works by others which have constituted point of departure or inspiration.

Full essay by Ana Balona de Oliveira: Ângela Ferreira: Monuments in Reverse

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Ângela Ferreira

Born in 1958 in Maputo, Mozambique, Ângela Ferreira grew up in South Africa and obtained her MFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She lives and works in Lisbon, teaching Fine Art at Lisbon University. Ferreira’s work is concerned with the ongoing impact of colonialism and post-colonialism on contemporary society, an investigation that is conducted through in-depth research and the distillation of ideas into concise and resonant forms. She represented Portugal at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, continuing her investigations into the ways in which European modernism adapted or failed to adapt to the realities of the African continent by tracing the history of Jean Prouvé’s “Maison Tropicale”.

Selected solo exhibitions: “Revolutionary Traces“, Stroom den Hag, The Hague (2014-2015), “Independence Cha Cha”, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon (2014); “Political Cameras”, Stills, Edinburgh (2013); “Ângela Ferreira–Stone Free”, Marlborough Contemporary, London (2012); “Carlos Cardoso–Straight to the Point”, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon (2011); “Werdmuller Centre and Other Works”, Stevenson, Cape Town (2010); “Hard Rain Show”, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2008) and La Criée, Rennes (2008); “Maison Tropicale”, Portuguese Pavillion of 52nd Venice Biennial (2007); and “No Place At All”, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon (2003). Selected group exhibitions: 3rd Lubumbashi Biennial (2013); “Between Walls and Windows”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012); “Monument und Utopia II”, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz (2010); “Modernologies”, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2010) and MACBA, Barcelona (2009).


Ana Balona de Oliveira

Ana Balona de Oliveira (PhD, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 2012) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon and at the Institute for Art History of the New University of Lisbon and a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on the artwork of the Portuguese and South African artist Ângela Ferreira (b. Maputo, Mozambique, 1958) and notions of displacement, hybridity and unhomeliness. She is currently researching narratives of empire, anti- and post-colonialism, migration and globalization in contemporary art from ‘Lusophone’ spaces and beyond. Ana received doctoral and postdoctoral grants from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal). She lectured in several institutions in the United Kingdom (Courtauld Institute of Art, Wimbledon College of Art, Westminster University) and Portugal (University of Porto, New University of Lisbon, University of Minho) and published several articles on identity and difference, displacement, migration and globalization in contemporary art (Third Text, Mute, Fillip, Aniki). She is also an independent curator.

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