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"(...) These sculptures' definition of an embodied subject is simultaneous with the election of a temporary collective body of inhabitants of such spaces. In other words, their quality as social spaces (for they are indeed destined to sociable activities) brings in communal fictions, relational mechanisms, fragile collectives that share a common space. In this sense, the Box becomes a device that serves a micro-utopia which is not intent on finding any process of change, but nonetheless inscribes itself in the field of bio-politics, at least because the connection it offers to its visitor becomes materialised in the offer of a fictional protocol of coexistence.

Also in this sense, the Box's use as a performative device for interaction with an audience of children implies one further micro-fiction, besides the myriad possibilities already contained in the piece; now, it is inhabited by a specific, ideal community, a metaphor for the last, lost ambition of aesthetics, the act of seeing for the first time, being there for the first time, touching for the first time. And, in this sense, Fernanda Fragateiro's work gives itself to this other fiction, for the metaphorical living of the scenic space clearly only makes sense because it has become a real, transversal, tangible space.

It is by means of this tactility, of the sculpture's specific, thermal character, of the architectural approach and the fragile proposition of temporary communities that Fernanda Fragateiro's work finds its emotional ecology. Together with ourselves".


- Delfim Sardo

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