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Portugal at the Venice Biennale: "Maison Tropicale" - Ângela Ferreira

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 Jürgen Bock.

Ângela Ferreira's work will be presented in Venice, following Helena Almeida (2005), Pedro Cabrita Reis (2003), João Penalva (2001), Jorge Molder (1999) and Julião Sarmento (1997).

The Portuguese 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 contemporary art, calling for art's 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: "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 issues.

+ INFO:
www.iartes.pt/veneza2007/ingles/e_index.htm

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Data de início:
17 de Outubro de 2007

Data do fim:
21 de Novembro de 2007

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