Curator: Delfim Sardo
Ângela Ferreira’s work often stems from historical episodes related to colonialism, its ruin and traumas. This proposal focuses on Miriam Makeba (1932-2006), singer, activist and one of the most important anti-Apartheid figures in South Africa. The first black woman to speak at the United Nations, she was banned from returning to South Africa in 1960 and in the United States of America in 1968, after her marriage to Stokely Carmichael, leader of the Black Panther party. This exhibition draws inspiration from Makeba and Carmichael’s home in Guinea Conakry, where they lived in exile between 1968–1983, turning some of the architectural elements of the circular dwelling into sculptural pieces, a sort of prototype of the relationship between modernist and African architecture and, mostly, a place that symbolizes exile and statelessness.
This work is part of Reação em Cadeia, an ongoing collaboration between Culturgest and Fidelidade Arte, that asks participating artists to invite the artist that will succeed them in both galleries (Lisbon and Oporto), involving on every occasion a close adjustment to the venues. Jimmie Durham (USA, 1940) will follow.