Bartlett PhD Student Launches New Exhibition in Portugal
10 May 2022
Fernando P. Ferreira’s show, launched this week at the CAAA Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitetura, explores the history and future of Portuguese textile factories in a changing world.
Opening this week at the CAAA Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitetura in Guimarães, Portugal, “Factory of Stories: Finding, Texere and Confabulating 100 years of Coelima” is the culmination of PhD student Fernando P. Ferreira’s practice-based research at The Bartlett over the last three years.
Seen through the lens of Coelima, a textile industrial complex in Pevidém, Portugal that celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the exhibition proposes a reflection on the poetic and ethical capacities of site-specific narrative, textile and performative practices as methodologies, and how these can inform and help the architect to approach, mediate and critically reimagine the future of textile factories facing socio-spatial transformation processes in the Vale do Ave region.
The exhibition launched at the weekend, with an opening event featuring a lecture performance, “Window, Cloth and Dust: A fabricated story is worth more than a thousand pictures”, written by Fernando P. Ferreira and performed by Miguel Cardoso.
The exhibition is open until 18 June 2022.
Fernando is a candidate on The Bartlett’s Architectural Design MPhil/PhD programme, and is based between London and Portugal. His research has been supervised by Professor Yeoryia Manolopoulou and Dr Nina Vollenbroker.
- Visit the museum’s exhibition page
- Find out more about Fernando P. Ferreira’s research at The Bartlett
- Find out more about Architectural Design MPhil/PhD
Image: 'Factory of Stories: Finding, Texere and Confabulating 100 years of Coelima' exhibition, photo by Lais Pereira