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Courtesy photo of Centro Cultural Portugues Maputo / A photo of Angela Ferreira's work For Mozambique (Modern no. 1 of Screen-Tribune-Kiosk celebrating a post independence utopia), 2008, Beech wood, painted wood, steel cable, mild steel tubing, and a 2-channel synchrionized video projection, 60’ (loop)
The Camões Portuguese Cultural Centre in Maputo will host a conversation with artist Angela Ferreira at 6:00 p.m. on May 11, following the opening of her exhibition ‘Facing South’ at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in South Africa.
The conversation is called “Unwrapping, unravelling and untangling” [“Desembrulhar, desenredar, desemaranhar”] and will feature the artist herself, Johannesburg exhibition curator Amy Watson and moderator Alda Costa.
Ferreira will speak about her work which in recent years has focused on examining her relationship with Mozambique and is concerned with the development of metaphors and political comments from critical investigations of ethnographic buildings, films and photographs. Projects such as Amnesia (Amnésia, 1998), Zip Zap Circus School (2000-2), Carlos Cardoso – Straight to the Point (Carlos Cardoso – Directo ao Assunto, 2010), Collapsing Structures/Talking Buildings (2012), Political Cameras (For Mozambique series, 2011), Studies for Monument to Jean Rouch in Mozambique (2011 and 2012), Mount Mabu (2013) and A Tendency to Forget (2015) form the starting points for a reflection on political utopias and on the role of scientific projects and cultural experiments in Mozambique.
Ferreira’s appearance in Maputo coincides with her Facing South exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery from May 7 to July 30, 2017, and tomorrow’s event will also include a presentation of recent and previously unpublished works and a new work commissioned by the gallery for its Meyer Pienaar extension. Built in 1989 during the final years of apartheid, this extension was intended to create a more accessible public transition between the original neoclassical building of the colonial era and the adjacent urban park. Inherent structural problems resulted in temporary closure in 2017, creating the opportunity to re-examine the relationship between an institution seen as a symbol of elitism and its emerging urban, multicultural and post-apartheid context. Ferreira’s new work also represents an extension of her research into the history of colonial-era mining in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Stone Free, 2012, and Entrer Dans la Mine, 2013).
The exhibition has a catalogue with texts by Jürgen Bock, Alda Costa and Rafael Mouzinho, Pamila Gupta, Noëleen Murray and Amy Watson.
The initiative is supported by the Camões Portuguese Cultural Center in Maputo, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Portugal and the General Directorate of the Arts (through its Internationalisation Support Program), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.
Thursday. May 11, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Av. Julius Nyerere, 720, MaputoSource: Centro Cultural Portugues Maputo
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