Since Mia Dudek had moved to Lisbon to start her artist residency she has been developing the series of works DisFigurements that focus around Companhia União Fabril (CUF) industrial park on the Southbank.
From 1875 until the company was nationalised as a result of the Carnation revolution in 1974, CUF was the largest corporation in Portugal, exporting products worldwide an employing 10 000 people. Under the control of the industrialist Alfredo da Silva, CUF utilised resources from throughout the Portuguese colonies producing a diverse range of goods from cement and petrochemicals to textiles, metallurgy and oilseeds. From the 1980’s the company slipped in to decline and now largely abandoned and under the management of Baia do Tejo the area is redefining itself. Having access to restricted areas where the old brutalist remains of the CUF empire stand Dudek has photographed crumbling concrete structures, vast empty warehouses and the alien landscapes of the now decontaminated pyrite fields. The final works nonetheless its monumental scale echoe the ones from the very intimate Forms Undone series, depicting the unknown formless fluids estranged from its matter.
Capitulo I, AMAC, Barreiro, Portugal