Ângela Ferreira: Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker

4 August 2015 - 11 September 2015

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Continuing its summer tradition of exhibiting a single work for the month of August, Marlborough Contemporary is delighted to present Ângela Ferreira’s Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker.

Ferreira’s work might be understood as conceptual sculpture and is concerned with the legacy of colonialism in contemporary society, an investigation that is conducted through in-depth research and the distillation of ideas into resonant and material forms. Ferreira stimulates the viewer to question these histories in the encounter with her objects, which often reference modernist precedents, combined with text, photography and video.

Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker (2012) is a structure designed for broadcasting poetry, as homage to the South African poet Ingrid Jonker (1933-1965). The work is typical of Ferreira in the way that it combines her concerns with the material consequences of modernism and how those forms evolve and change as they travel through the world. The sculpture is one of a series of towers that Ferreira began in 2008. The starting point of this project was Gustav Klutsis’ multimedia agitprop kiosks, which were designed to display newspaper, film and project sound in revolutionary Russia. This reference intersects with the image of a rudimentary radio transmission tower in rural Mozambique. It also points to the crucial history of radio during the independence and liberation wars in Africa, such as Radio Freedom in South Africa.

 

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Press Release

Artist Info

 

Continuing its summer tradition of exhibiting a single work for the month of August, Marlborough Contemporary is delighted to present Ângela Ferreira’s Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker.

Ferreira’s work might be understood as conceptual sculpture and is concerned with the legacy of colonialism in contemporary society, an investigation that is conducted through in-depth research and the distillation of ideas into resonant and material forms. Ferreira stimulates the viewer to question these histories in the encounter with her objects, which often reference modernist precedents, combined with text, photography and video.

Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker (2012) is a structure designed for broadcasting poetry, as homage to the South African poet Ingrid Jonker (1933-1965). The work is typical of Ferreira in the way that it combines her concerns with the material consequences of modernism and how those forms evolve and change as they travel through the world. The sculpture is one of a series of towers that Ferreira began in 2008. The starting point of this project was Gustav Klutsis’ multimedia agitprop kiosks, which were designed to display newspaper, film and project sound in revolutionary Russia. This reference intersects with the image of a rudimentary radio transmission tower in rural Mozambique. It also points to the crucial history of radio during the independence and liberation wars in Africa, such as Radio Freedom in South Africa.

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