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Alida Rodrigues

  • CountryAngola
  • Born1973


I’m currently making collages using found postcards of women, children and at times couples from the 1800s. The images are then combined with botanical illustrations to become anonymous plant-like creatures, taking away the charm and delicacy of each image. I am particularly interested in exploring the hand-made by examining the relationships between the face, collage, botanical illustration, photography, and print. I believe the combination of these approaches allows for a sense of mystery.

The main source of inspiration has been rooted in the changing nature of identity; associating a portrait with a longing for perfection, and searching behind the mask of the subjects. Furthermore, I am interested in the historical position of the postcards, as a relic of the colonial period. By transforming the portraits with plant elements, I interfere and disrupt the narrative of the image, and its associated histories.

Alida Rodrigues was born in 1983, in Cabinda, Angola, and lives and works in London. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art, at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, in 2007. In 2014 she had her first solo show at the Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, in Norway and a group show at the Interchange Junctions, London, UK.

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