FERNANDA FRAGATEIRO | Landscape non-landscape



The Studio Sandra Recio is pleased to present Landscape non-landscape, the first solo show in Switzerland of artist Fernanda Fragateiro.
Fernanda Fragateiro’s work explores the space in its various tangible and intangible forms through sculpture, installations and interventions in situ. In her work, the notion of space, architectural, sculptural, private, public or temporal, is subtly invested and questioned. Fragateiro intervenes in very different places like monasteries, orphanages, abandoned houses or art galleries where her artistic interventions within the existing landscape reveal hidden stories of construction and transformation while playing with proportions and materials. In her work Fragateiro establishes soft but permanent tensions between the architectural and the sculptural, her projects are characterized not only by a keen interest in re-thinking and probing the meanders of the opposition functionality/aesthetic but also by an interest for a minimalist approach in both forms and colours and in the surfaces textures.

Studio Sandra Recio presents a new series of sculptures directly inspired by the building in which the gallery is located. For many years now, Fragateiro is questioning the notion of books. Working especially with books of art and architecture, she questions the relation book/object by assigning new function to an object, by shifting it by force from one into another cycle of use, and lending it a new identity.

Fernanda Fragateiro presents works of art designed especially for the gallery. They are made of brass and cloth binding in which the green-turquoise colour refer to the colour of the gallery stores but also to the brass of the window frame. Like her sculpture-books, the material whose primary function is diverted becomes a component of an object, which status is also diverted from object to artwork. In a perpetual circle of questioning, the artwork itself is diverted and questioned. Is it architecture? Is it sculpture? Landscape or non-landscape?


Fernanda Fragateiro (*1962, Portugal) studied at the School of Decorative Arts Antonio Arroio, and at the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been shown in numerous private and public institutions in the world since 1981. Lately her work has been shown in the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, in the Serralves Foundation in Porto, in IVAM in Valence, in the Bronx Museum in New York, in the Gallery Elba Benítez, in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Miami Art Basel and in the NC-Arte in Bogotá.

Winner of the Biennale internationale de Céramique Contemporaine de Vallauris (France) and of the Tabaqueria price of Arte Pública (Açores, Portugal), Fernanda Fragateiro also obtained a grant from the Fundación Marcelino Botín (Santander, Espagne). Her work is represented by many private and public collections such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia; The Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection (Miami); The Fundación La Caixa (Barcelone); the Museu de Arte Contemporanea of Serralves (Portugal) ; the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo of Málaga and the Berrado Collection (Portugal).

Fernanda Fragateiro lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.