HANGAR presents Ângela Ferreira’s solo exhibition A Spontaneous Tour of Some Monuments of African Architecture, curated by Bruno Leitão.
Ângela Ferreira’s (Maputo, 1958) new sculptural work "A Spontaneous Tour of Some Monuments of African Architecture", questions the possibility of conceiving a Pan-African architecture through a hybrid language impregnated with traditional African and modernist colonial architecture.
Taking inspiration from Miriam Makeba’s house in Dalaba (Guiné Conacri), characterized by a traditional African structure and enriched with modernist details, the artist followed an instinctual and cumulative approach to produce sculptures that set the basis for intercultural communication through architecture in the African geo-locality.
Using concrete and basketry and making reference to control towers and rondavels, Ferreira trespasses the dialectic between the so-called rational modern architecture and the more spontaneous constructions resulting from collective work that proliferate in the neighborhoods of cities like Maputo.
The result of this imaginary-led research is a three-dimensional space to inhabit, were to think about the possibility of a less fragmented, yet more inclusive African architectural landscape.