Internationally recognised textile artist Vanessa ...

Internationally recognised textile artist Vanessa Barragão opens her solo exhibition in Lagos this Saturday

Flower of Life , displayed in South Korea, at the Cheongju Craft Biennale

Photo: Flower of Life, displayed in South Korea, at the Cheongju Craft Biennale, by Vanessa Barragão

Lagos Cultural Centre will host the “Submerged/Immersed” solo exhibition by the Algarvian Vanessa Barragão

Vanessa Barragão, born in the Algarve, is an internationally recognised textile artist with a following of 577K on Instagram, who has had works featured in not only Portugal but also in England, Germany, the United States, South Korea, Taiwan and Shanghai.

She uses latch hook, crochet, felt, weaving, and fibre manipulation to make her masterfully crafted tapestries, rugs, and wall hangings, which are well-known among a large audience.

With this solo exhibition, Vanessa focuses on “the unseen aquatic world which is often ignored yet essential to the food chain and life as we know it on Earth”, part of the ‘Submergedtheme of the exhibition. Exploring the uncharted territory of the imagination, diving into the subconscious and the creative process, also refers to the internal world of the artist and by extension, the viewer.

Vanessa Barragão

Meanwhile, the ‘Immersedaspect of the title “refers not only to the submarine but also to the artistic process and ultimately to the exhibition experience itself”.  The methodical technique of production, the demand of the material means that Vanessa is completely absorbed and engaged with each creation.

The artist invites everyone to walk around and to explore the remarkable works at close hand, and to consider life’s relationship with the environment and art’s creative methods.

Photo by Vanessa Barragão

“I’m interested in creating an inner world, a moment for reflection and calm. Through an exploration of material and space, I want to present a moment in time, abstracted and far removed from the global chaos and confusion,” states Vanessa Barragão.

The exhibition opens this Saturday, January 20th, at 5 p.m and will run until March 23rd at the Lagos Cultural Centre. Entrance is free.

About the artist

Vanessa Barragão was born in Albufeira in 1992 where she spent her early years exploring the abundant coastline of the Algarve, leading to a profound connection to the Ocean.

Barragão achieved a Masters degree in Fashion and Textile Design at the Lisbon University, exploring the possibilities of yarn and tapestries with an interest in sustainability and ecology.

In 2016 she relocated to Porto where she honed her artisanal skills working as a designer in a rug factory. She now works out of an impressive studio in her hometown of Albufeira.


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