Albergaria's work involves one territory: Nature. A nature manipulated, planted, transported, set in hierarchy, catalogued, studied, felt and recalled through the ongoing exploration of gardens/cultural landscapes in photography, drawing and sculpture. The artist views gardens/cultural landscapes as elaborated constructs, representational systems and descriptive mechanisms that epitomize a set of fictional beliefs that are employed to represent the natural world. Gardens are also environments dedicated to leisure and study, cultural and social processes that produce a historical understanding of what is knowledge and what is pleasure. More generally, the images of gardens and plant species employed by the artist are used as devices to reveal processes of cultural change through which visions of nature are produced. Mediated by representation systems they generate different versions of what we see as landscape—itself a complex system of material structures and visual hierarchies, cultural constructs that define the framing of our visual field.
Gabriela Albergaria is a Portuguese artist based in Lisbon and London. Having completed a degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto, she held numerous residencies, such as Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2000/2001) / Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2004) / Villa Arson, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice (2008) / The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, in colla- boration with The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford (2009/2010) and Winter Workspace, Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, New York (2012), Residency Unlimited, New York, USA (2015), and Flora ars+natura, Bogotá, Colombia (2015)
A selection of her solo shows includes
Pinch Pinch Pinch, Projecto Intervenções, Museu Lasar Segall, São Paulo, Brasil (2018)
Endless Infinity, Museu Nacional Grão Vasco, Viseu, Portugal / Peça para Perséfone, open air installation at Praça D. Duarte, Viseu, Portugal (in collaboration with Nuno Vasconcelos, Pedro Tudela) (2017)
Ah, Al Fin Naturaleza, Flora ars+natura, Bogotá, Colombia, Comissariado por/Curated by José Roca 2016 / Ah, At Last, Nature, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal (2015) curated by José Roca / L’espace est une impasse où son temps s’abolit, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Alemanha / O Balanço da Árvore Exagera a Tempestade, (Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo), 2014 / No hay tal cosa como la naturaleza, Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural, Caracas, 2013 / Reverse Position (Invertir la Posición), Galeria Wu, Lima, 2012 / Forking Paths, Vera Cortês Art Agency, Lisbon.
Her artwork has been shown in multiple group shows, among others:
Mesa dos sonhos: Duas coleções de arte contemporânea Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso, Chaves, Portugal. Coleção de Serralves e Coleção da Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento (FLAD) - curated by João Silvério; Inanimate Object, and the complete circle of the soil, Sheffield Park and Garden National Trust, UK, commissioned by diephaven in partnership with Sheffield Park and Garden with support from Arts Council England - curated by Rosie Hermon and Alice Mallet; Amazônia: Novos Viajantes, MUBE, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura e Ecologia (São Paulo, SP) - curated by Cauê Alves e Lucia Lohmann (2018).
Two Trees in Balance, Spring Summer Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York (2015) / Pontos Colaterais: Coleção de Arte Contemporânea Arquipélago, uma seleção, curated by João Silvério. Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Ribeira Grande, São Miguel, Açores. (2015)/ Às Margens dos Mares, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brasil (2015) / Acervo. Artistas portugueses en la colección Navacerrada , Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain (10/10-05/12, 2014) / Prickley, Tender and Steamy, Artists in the Hothouse (Wave Hill Garden, Glyndor Gallery, Nova Iorque, 2014), As Tramas do Tempo na Arte Contemporânea: Estética ou Poética (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil 2013), 1a Bienal de Montevideo (2012), Do Not Destroy, Trees Art and Jewish Thought (Contemporary Jewish Museum, São Francisco, 2012), Paisagem na colecção do CAM, CAM, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, 2011), Ecológica, group show, curated by Felipe Chaimovich, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brasil. (2010) / KURS: THE TREE group show, curated by Soren Lose, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Toreby, Denmark (04/09/2009)
Colecção Norlinda e José Lima, São João da Madeira, Portugal / Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brasil / Museu Nacional dos Açores, Portugal / Colecção Luis Augusto Teixeira de Freitas, Portugal / Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahía, Salvador, Brasil / KFW bankenngrupe, Frankfurt/ Lars Pahlman, Finland / BESart- Banco Espirito Santo, Lisboa / CAM, Centro de Arte Moderna Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa / CAPC, Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Portugal / Colecção PLMJ, Lisboa, Portugal / Perez Collection, Miami, USA / Colección Navacerrada, Spain / Colección Coca Cola, Spain / Coleção António Cachola, Elvas, Portugal / Fundação EDP, Lisbon, Portugal / Várias colecções particulares/ Several private collection