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Gallery 8 – Ângela Ferreira | by Latitudes | Barcelona
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Gallery 8 – Ângela Ferreira

Ângela Ferreira

Maputo, 1958. Lives in Lisbon.


Stone Free: Cullinan Diamond Mine, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Opened in 1902, where the Cullinan Diamond was found. Thanks to Paul Parsons

Stone Free : mine de diamants Cullinan, province de Gauteng, Afrique du Sud

Ouverte en 1902, là où a été trouvé le diamant Cullinan. Merci à Paul Parsons


Impression couleur sur aluminium / C-print mounted on aluminium

92 × 150,5 cm


Stone Free: Chiselhurst Caves, Kent, England. First referenced circa 1250. In the 1960s, the caves were used as a music venue: Jimi Hendrix played there in 1966 and 1967. Thanks to Samantha Breuer, Fern Warriner and Spike Blake

Stone Free : Grottes de Chiselhurst, Kent, England. Initialement reférencées vers 1250. Dans les années 1960, les grottes ont été utilisées comme une scène musciale : Jimi Hendrix y a joué en 1966 et 1967... Merci à Samantha Breuer, Fern Warriner et Spike Blake


Impression couleur sur aluminium / C-print mounted on aluminium

92 × 150,5 cm


Stone Free: Hendrix Shaft

Stone Free : puits Hendrix


Deux parties : structure aluminium et lumière stroboscopique, impression couleur sur aluminium / Two parts: Aluminium structure and strobe light, C-print mounted on aluminium

114,5 × 66 × 20,5 cm et / and 22 × 30 cm


Stone Free: Star of Africa. Facet analysis of the diamond known as Cullinan I, now part of the Crown Jewels

Stone Free : L’Etoile de l’Afrique. Analyse des facettes du diamant connu sous le nom de Cullinan I, faisant maintenant partie des Joyaux de la Couronne


Crayon sur papier / Pencil on paper

Quatre parties, chacune / Four parts, each 46 × 59 cm


Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Filomena Soares


Ângela Ferreira’s works in the exhibition form part of a series titled “Stone Free” in reference to the 1966 hit song performed by Jimi Hendrix (1942–70). “Stone Free” creates correspondences between two voids below the ground, two ‘negative monuments’ as the artist has termed them: Chislehurst Caves, in southeast London, and Cullinan Diamond Mine in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Chisleshurst Caves is a man-made network of underground tunnels mainly worked in the late 1700s yet dating back to as early as 1250. The tunnels were excavated in order to mine chalk and flint. Following their use as an air-raid shelter during the second world war, the tunnels were transformed into a venue for rock concerts in the 1960s and 1970s. The Jimi Hendrix Experience played there in 1966 and again the following year, bringing Hendrix’s unique countercultural synthesis of social realism and psychedelic spiritualism based on African and indigenous-American imagery into the literal underground.


Cullinan Diamond Mine (known as Premier Mine from its establishment in 1902 until 2003) is famed for being the source of the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered, in 1905. Most of the gems cut-and-polished from this stone were used to adorn the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The recent history of the diamond industry is inextricable from that of settler colonialism in southern Africa and a commodity cartel established by the De Beers corporation founded in 1888 by British imperialist Cecil Rhodes (1853–1902), two years before he became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. De Beers owned all of the major mines in South Africa, as well as controlling global distribution, until it began a recent sell-off of its less productive mines to the Petra Diamonds group, including divesting itself of Cullinan in 2008.


Text: Latitudes

Photo courtesy: Latitudes/RK.

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