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Fernanda Fragateiro, Architecture, a place for women?, 2016, stainless steel, architecture magazines, 8 5/8“ x 13' 9 3/8” x 5 1/2". Photo: António Jorge Silva.

Fernanda Fragateiro

Museu De Arte, Aquitetura e Tecnologia

Fernanda Fragateiro, Architecture, a place for women?, 2016, stainless steel, architecture magazines, 8 5/8“ x 13' 9 3/8” x 5 1/2". Photo: António Jorge Silva.

Fernanda Fragateiro’s recent exhibition, curated by Sara Antónia Matos and titled “Dos arquivos, à matéria, à construção” (From Archives, to Matter, to Construction), was a good example of a selective anthology of works of a midcareer artist. In a fluid and clarifying manner, it juxtaposed pieces from as long ago as 2002 with more recent ones, some of them made for this exhibition. At the entrance was Demolição 2 (Demolition 2), 2017, an assemblage, in a huge panel, of masonry fragments collected from a renovation project in downtown Lisbon. The work showed how the artist conceives of her process as one in which construction and destruction succeed each other according to a cyclical logic: Construction materials lead to constructed form, which gives way to decomposition or destruction and the gathering of residue or rubble, which is then reorganized and becomes the raw material

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