Places of Fracture
Maria José Cavaco


11 jul - 28 nov 2021


Places of Fracture

Maria José Cavaco

11 jul – 28 nov 2021


Arquipélago Contemporary Arts Centre opens, on 11th July, Lugares de Fratura (Places of Fracture), the first survey exhibition dedicated to the work of Maria José Cavaco (Ponta Delgada, 1967). The exhibition, which features work produced by the artist between the year 2000 and the present, was conceived in a very open and fluid way.
Curator João Mourão wrote: “The practice of Maria José Cavaco gives rise to a constant relationship between our body and the artistic
object. Perhaps for this reason, the exhibition is also presented outside the main rooms of Arquipélago, enabling visitors to go around the building and to discover, in a way not limited by hierarchies or chronologies, the works and the possible relationships they establish with one another.

With this exhibition, Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre celebrates one of the most singular artistic careers to have come out of the
Autonomous Region of the Azores in recent decades.


Maria José Cavaco (Ponta Delgada, 1967). Maria José Cavaco lives and works in Ponta Delgada. She has a degree in visual arts and painting from Lisbon Faculty of Fine Arts (1990) and a PhD in architecture, with a theoretical-artistic thesis, from ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute (2017). She has been a researcher at DINÂMIA’CET-IUL since 2018.

She received a grant for artistic creation in the field of visual arts from the Regional Government of the Azores (2012) and the António Dacosta Regional Painting Prize (2016).

Since 1991 she has had 19 solo exhibitions, the most recent being in the Convent of São Francisco, in Lagoa, Azores, in 2019, and at the Fonseca Macedo Gallery, Ponta Delgada, Azores, and at the Portuguese Communications Foundation, Lisbon, in 2018. She has participated in various group exhibitions, especially in Portugal and Spain.

She is represented in public and private collections, including those of: Figueiredo Ribeiro, Abrantes; the PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon; the Carmona e Costa Foundation, Lisbon; the Portuguese Communications Foundation, Lisbon; Lisbon Municipal Council; Lagoa Municipal Council, Azores; the Presidency of the Regional Government of the Azores; Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre, Ribeira Grande, Azores; the Carlos Machado Museum, Ponta Delgada, Azores; the Caloura Cultural Centre, Azores; and the University of the Azores.

She has been a member of the Regional Council for Culture, Azores, since 2018 and is a visual arts consultant for Ponta Delgada Municipal Cultural Centre.

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