Öppen föreläsning: Angela Ferreira
The presentation will focus on how the Mozambican-born, South African art school graduate responded to the final years of apartheid. It will describe the local circumstances that informed and shaped her search for a politically meaningful and internationally pertinent contemporary art discourse and critical practice.
The limitations of modernity in contemporary art are recognized. The artists response is to investigate how to reference popular material culture (artefacts which are recognizable by a community and reflect political issues) as starting points for developing political art works. Music is identified as a potentially powerful popular culture vehicle for communicating aesthetic and political meaning. Music’s immateriality, however, proves challenging to render in sculpture, so as an alternative, given its material similarities with the three dimensional artistic object, the focus shifts to architecture. The artist develops metaphoric and political sculptural statements from critical investigations into buildings that reveal contradictions emerging from the spread of architectural modernism in Africa. Later, by reflecting on the history and broader meaning of architectural structures she devises a sculptural language that delivers a personal relationship with sound and performance.