Ângela Ferreira is the artist representing Portugal at the 52nd
International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, to be held from
10 June to 21 November 2007. The official Portuguese representation,
organized and produced by the Institute of the Arts, is curated by
work will be presented in Venice, following Helena Almeida (2005),
Pedro Cabrita Reis (2003), João Penalva (2001), Jorge Molder (1999)
and Julião Sarmento (1997).
exhibition is to be held at the Fondaco Marcello, a high profile
venue located on the banks of the Grand Canal, between the Academia
and Rialto bridges. Under a lease concluded with the Portuguese
State, this venue will also host Portugal’s shows for the 2008
Architecture Biennale and the 2009 Visual Arts Biennale.
Ângela Ferreira (b.
Maputo, 1958) has shown regularly since 1990. Driven by political
issues, Ferreira scrutinizes the use of theories – in particular art
historical theories – and their relationship with and impact on
art, calling for art’s inherent communicative potential to negotiate
complex subject matter.
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: ‘what 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
Press and professional previews: 6
June - 9 June, 10am - 8pm
Portuguese Pavilion official opening: 8 June, 6pm
FERREIRA. text by Jürgen Bock
Ângela Ferreira and Jürgen Bock
The Fondaco Marcello is an exhibition venue located in a historic
building in Venice, built in the 16th/17th century and originally
serving as a warehouse (“Fondaco”), as its open space interior
reveals. It has a total area of 360 m2, and the renovation work
carried out in 2004/2005 preserved the original brick façades and
the spatial characteristics of its interior.
The Fondaco Marcello stands on the banks of the Grand Canal, very
close to the Palazzo Grassi and between the Academia and Rialto
bridges, in front of the San Tomà vaporetto station.
Fondaco Marcello can be reached by vaporetto Sant’Angelo; traghetto from San Tomà to Sant’Angelo;
and direct taxi boat landing at
Fondaco Marcello: San Marco 3415 (Calle dei Garzoni)
30124 Venice - Italy