Margarida Correia

Margarida Correia
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Margarida Correia (b. 1972) was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She lives and works in Lisbon. She received an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Correia had solo shows at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, the AIR Gallery in New York, at Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Texas Woman’s University in Denton (USA), the EDP Foundation, the Museum of São Roque, Gallery Monumental, University of Lisbon, Gallery 111 in Lisbon, the Museum D. Diogo Sousa in Braga and the São João da Madeira Art Center in Portugal.

She has also exhibited at White Columns, the Dorsky Gallery, the Bronx Museum for the Arts, Exit Art, ABC No Rio, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York; the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, The Print Center in Philadelphia, the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Vermont Center for Photography (USA), Gallery 44 in Canada, Cokkie Snoei Gallery in Holland and the King St. Stephen Museum in Hungary. In Portugal she exhibited at Galeria Municipal do Porto, Fundação EDP, Espaço Novo Banco, Centro Cultural de Belém, Galeria ZDB, Centro de Artes de Sines, among others.

Correia was a recipient of grants and awards from the Puffin Foundation in New Jersey, the AIR Gallery in New York, the Joyce Elaine Photography Grant in Texas and fellowships from the Aaron Siskind Foundation in New York (US) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Luso American Foundation and the Portuguese Center for Photography (Portugal).

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The Women of My Country

The project was inspired by a publication in 1950 written by a female journalist Maria Lamas (1893 - 1983) As Mulheres do meu País or The Women of my Country that portrayed the life of Portuguese women in the 40s during Oliveira Salazar dictatorship.

Portugal overcame the dictatorship with the revolution of 1974 and later joined the European Union in 1986. More recently the country has been struggling with the hardship of economic crises that lead to the vast emigration of a younger generation. This work reflects the changes in the lives of women in Portuguese society since that period, using the book as a visual and conceptual reference.



Saudade is a project that was developed around the relationship that some people from my generation (born in 1972), develop with objects of personal use (with no particular monetary value) that they hold in sentimental regard. Objects that meant to be ephemeral and subject to the vicissitudes of time, but somehow lasted until today.


ABC No Rio

“…ABC No Rio began with The Real Estate Show, an illegal art exhibition about land use and gentrification mounted in an abandoned building at 123 Delancey Street in 1979. After the exhibition was shut down by NYPD, the art community rallied in protest. The city was forced to relent, offering a nearby property to the artists—156 Rivington St. Today, No Rio supports activities from art exhibits to punk shows and provides space for other progressive organizations like Food Not Bombs and Time’s Up. A community centre that has maintained its allegiance to both art and activism, No Rio is representative of a New York that is fast disappearing. Soon, the existing structure will be torn down to make way for a new No Rio building…” Erin Sickler