Montijo, 1962 — lives and works in Lisbon

Fragateiro's projects are characterized by a strong interest in rethinking and probing modernist practices. Her practice involves an archaeological approach to the social, political and aesthetic history of modernism through continuous research with material from archives, documents and objects. Acting in the field of three-dimensionality, challenging the tension between architecture and sculpture, Fernanda Fragateiro's work enhances the relationship with each place, calling the spectator to a performative position. Her minimal sculptural and architectural interventions and installations in unexpected spaces (a monastery, an orphanage, or dilapidated houses) and her subtle changes to existing landscapes reveal buried stories of construction and transformation. Some of her projects are the result of collaborations with architects, landscape architects, artists and performers.

Her work has been exhibited in different museums and national and international institutions such as the Bomba Gens Center d'Art (Valence), Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna Contemporanea (Rome), Museu de Miguel Art Urrutia (Bogota), Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (Lisbon), CaixaForum (Barcelona), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Paris), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University (Cambridge), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York), MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Centro Cultural de Belém, (Lisbon), Fundação Serralves (Porto), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (Tours), among others.

Her work is represented in several collections, among which: Colecção Arte Contemporânea do Estado, Portugal; Fundació Per Amor a l'Art, Valence; The Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami; Fundación Neme, Bogota; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Fundação EDP, Lisbon; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Colecção Museu Berardo, Lisbon; Colecção Caixa Geral de Depósitos; Lisbon; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporânea, Santiago de Compostela; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Marcelino Botín Foundation, Santander; La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona; Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres.

© Fernanda Fragateiro 2023