Armandina Ferreira

armandina ferreira graphic
  • Type


  • Materials

    86 riso photographs, audioguide (17 min), magnets, carpet, vinyl, spacial sound (41 sec)

  • Size

    4 x 4m

  • YEAR


Through the window, it seems that it is raining steadily but slowly. The mass of bodies that fill the room surrounding the reddening baby counts a total of 17; children, possible midwives, or neighbours who came to help or just to watch. Between weeps and a few loud voices, they make a pause. «Call ourselves the best constructive values of the Portuguese society and teach in obedience and discipline our future male leaders»*.
The baby gets slapped several times, flickers the red arms, and has her first cry. Her name is Armandina Ferreira.
*Reference: extract - Discurso de Salazar quando assume chefia do governo

We do not discuss God and virtue

“Armandina Ferreira” is an installation centred on a body that lived between two temporal halves - in a time before and after the revolution, and which, although individual, is not unique in present-day Portugal. How to display torture, manipulation and perpetual generational trauma when no physical/corporeal evidence is left as proof? How do you tell or pass on a testimony of something intangible and intimate? How do you reveal traumatic violence through images that at a first encounter do not reproduce it?

This work revolves around the portrait of Armandina Ferreira (my maternal grandmother), through a collection of family memories, photographic archives, speculative images and historical events that shape the ghost of her identity. Through a tunnel vision of this concrete narrative - Armandina’s and her family’s - this work aims to expand, reflect and draw a parallel with contemporary times. This memorial arises from the need to remember: to look at the past with the critical eye of the present so that another future can be imagined.

exhibition view CAPC
exhibition view CAPC entrance
exhibition view CAPC
25 de April 1974
exhibition view detail 25 April
exhibition view detail photographs
audioguide being used
Photographic Archive
Fatima 2002
Audioguide on the phone
Research material