Ângela Ferreira. Hard Rain Show

Ângela Ferreira. Hard Rain Show
Temporary exhibition
Author(s): 
Ângela Ferreira
24/03/2008
- 21/05/2008
Floor: 
-1
Curator: 
Jürgen Bock
Ângela Ferreira. Hard Rain Show
Temporary exhibition
Author(s): 
Ângela Ferreira
24/03/2008
- 21/05/2008
Floor: 
-1
Curator: 
Jürgen Bock
Body: 

Driven by political issues, Ângela Ferreira scrutinizes the use of theories – in particular art historical theories – and their relationship with and impact on contemporary art, calling on art’s inherent and unique communicative potential to negotiate complex subject matter. Ferreira subtly stimulates viewers to articulate questions in their encounters with her objects, which take the shape of skilfully executed and aesthetically appealing modernist sculptures, often combined in installations with texts, photographs and videos. The questions instigated throw doubt on what we have come to consider as 'givens' in art history. In her proposition of art history as a construct, one might ask: 'which history, whose history and history to what purpose?'

Ângela Ferreira’s oeuvre can be situated conceptually between the failure of Modernism in the so-called centres, and the conflicting impact of colonizers attempting to implement Modernism across Africa, and in any other colony worldwide. However, the utopian goal of emancipation of mankind, combined with art’s potential as a critical tool, which was an essential drive of the avant-garde as it manifested itself in the centres, seemed to not apply in colonized territories. The end of the avant-garde and its inherent qualities, its history and the impact of that history are now also discussed in these so-called peripheries and the centre has lost its prerogative to proclaim the political significance of Modernism when it comes to notions of utopia and emancipation.

Ângela Ferreira’s practice not only survives the proclaimed end of the avant-garde but also evokes again the issue of emancipation and utopian ideals by reformulating the critique of utopias as a critique on utopias. Her work reveals the artistic freedom promised by Modernism as deceptive in the centres and as a false autonomy in the periphery, because of the lack of political latitude.