Artist Ângela Ferreira is interested in post-colonial issues and how architecture and built environments bear traces of history, politics and ideology. In Pan African Unity Mural, she presents sculptures and murals in different spaces inside Bildmuseet.
What is a home, and what does belonging mean for a person who is constantly on the move? Can a feeling of displacement be used as an asset? In her exhibition, Ferreira references South African singer Miriam Makeba and the US fugitive George Wright, interweaving their life stories with her own. Makeba was banished from her homeland for taking a stand against apartheid, and was also later forced to leave the USA together with her husband, who was involved in the Black Panthers. Wright, now a Portuguese citizen, was sentenced for murder in his home country, became politically active during his time in prison, and later fled to Algeria in an infamous plane hijacking incident.
The title of the exhibition, Pan African Unity Mural, refers to a mural which Ângela Ferreira created together with thirteen other artists in 1986-87 in Cape Town, South Africa, in protest against the apartheid regime.
Ângela Ferreira (b. 1958 Mozambique) lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Pan African Unity Mural is her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. The exhibition has been produced by Bildmuseet in collaboration with MAAT: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon.