The exhibition Fernanda Fragateiro: from archives to matter, to construction gathers the three works by this artist belonging to the EDP Foundation collection – namely Architecture, a place for women?, which was acquired in 2016 –, pieces which mark her trajectory throughout the years, and other works specifically created for this exhibition.
“Fernanda Fragateiro: From archives to matter, to construction”
June 21 – September 18, 2017
MAAT Museum of Architecture, Art and Technology
Av. Brasília, Central Tejo 300-598 Lisboa
The way in which she exhibits her research materials, methodology and content shows how important she finds her work processes. The outside sources which influence her are also treated as raw materials used to build the work of art: drawings, photographs, books, pages of books, rumours, leftover materials, scale models, colour tests, etc. In the words of the artist, this project created for Central 2 can be seen as “a window, which opens and closes, about the processes of creating a work of art, which are themselves turned into a work of art”.
Exhibition supported by: SECIL, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, Arratia Beer, Berlin, Galeria Baginski, Lisboa, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida.
Fernanda Fragateiro (1962) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Fragateiro’s projects are characterized by a keen interest in re-thinking and probing modernist practices. Her practice involves an archaeology into modernism’s social, political and aesthetic history through ongoing research with archival matter, materials and objects.
Operating in the three-dimensional field and defying the tension between sculpture and architecture, Fragateiro’s works potentiate the relationships with each place, summing the spectator into a performative situation. Her sculptural and architectural interventions in unexpected spaces (a monastery, an orphanage, a dilapidated houses) and subtle alterations of existing landscapes reveal buried stories of construction and transformation.
Some of her projects are the result of a collaboration with architects, landscape architects and performers.
Fragateiro’s work has been exhibited at Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs, USA, 2016-2017), Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal, 2016), Caixa Forum (Barcelona, Spain, 2016), Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, USA, 2015), Palais des Beaux-Arts de Paris (Paris, France, 2015), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University (Cambridge, USA, 2015), Krannert Art Museum (Champaign, USA, 2015), CIFO Art Space (Miami, USA, 2014), Bronx Museum (New York, USA, 2014), Mitxelena Kulturunea (San Sebastián, Spain, 2014), Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico, 2014), Centre Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris, France, 2013) Dublin Contemporary (Dublin, Ireland, 2011), Lisbon Architecture Triennale (Lisbon, Portugal, 2010), Fundación Marcelino Botín, (Santander, Spain, 2009), Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia, Spain, 2008); Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, Portugal, 2007); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2006), Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal, 2005), Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal, 2003).