Power Talks

Angela Ferreira: Pan African Unity Mural

Angela Ferreira will focus on projects concerned with developing metaphoric and political statements from critical investigations into the relationship between buildings, films, music and the ongoing impact of colonialism, post-colonialism and neocolonialism on contemporary society. Projects like Maison Tropicale (2007), For Mozambique (2008), Pan African Unity Mural (2018) and Dalaba Sol d’exil (2019) will serve as starting points for a discussion and reflection on the unexpected history of personalities that have served as role models for a constructive representation of Africa. Ferreira will also look at unique African trajectories and the richness of the intersections resulting from these circulations, by revealing sculptural, videographic and sound homages that reference figures including Bob Dylan, Jean Rouch and Miriam Makeba.

Ferreira grew up in South Africa and obtained her MFA at University of Cape Town. After resettling in Lisbon, Portugal, she earned her doctorate from Lisbon University where she currently teaches Fine Art. Ferreira’s work is concerned with the ongoing impact of colonialism and post-colonialism on contemporary society. She represented Portugal at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). Her sculptural, sound and videographic homages reference economic, political and cultural history of the African continent whilst recuperating the work of unexpected figures including Peter Blum, Carlos Cardoso, Ingrid Jonker, Jimi Hendrix, Jorge Ben Jor, Jorge dos Santos, Diego Rivera or Miriam Makeba.