Francisco Vidal’s practice highlights ideas around the transformation of materials, international mobility and labour histories in the context of trade and economic growth across Africa in the 20th and 21st centuries. He is known for his large site-specific installations, layering tiles of handmade, recycled paper featuring bold calligraphic lines and cotton flowers in chromatic schemes. The flowers refer to an uprising led by the agricultural workers of a Portuguese-Belgian cotton plantation in Angola in 1961. This event is considered the first battle of the Angolan War of Independence and forms the core of Vidal’s reflection around political dissent.
Vidal represented the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015). Exhibitions have taken place at BOZAR, Brussels (2017); Maumaus School of Visual Arts, Lisbon (2017); Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo (2016); Freies Museum/Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2015); Instituto Camões, Luanda (2014); UNAP, Luanda (2014) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2010).