This exhibition presents more than 30 works made from 1997 until now, covering two decades of art practice and assessing her whole development as an artist. It includes many of her best known works like Cama Valium [Valium Bed] (1998), A noiva (2001-
International Archives 1st half of 2019
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Exhibition February 19 -
Joana Vasconcelos, Marylin. Photo Filipe Braga. © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.
oana Vasconcelos (Paris, 1971) is one of the best known artists of her generation. She studied in Lisbon, and eventually started exhibiting in the 1990s, but it was not until 2005, when she participated in that year's Venice Biennale, showing A noiva [The Bride] (2001-
Vasconcelos uses different materials from daily life to produce her work, including home appliances, tiles, textiles, popular ceramics, furniture, bottles, medication or plastic cutlery. She uses them to build striking sculptures loaded with meaning, going from an exploration of identity (individual, female, national or European), to political questions dealing with postcolonial global societies. Her work also incorporates humour and emotions, while calling for the viewer’s participation and interpretation. Vasconcelos’ work mixes ideas from high and low cultures, national clichés, techniques of manipulation to induce consumerism and a very effective understanding of architectural space, to invite us to rethink much of what we take for granted in daily life. She uses traditional craft techniques but also cutting edge technology in works that constitute syncretic situations of historic and cultural density, like a three dimensional visualization of a multicultural epic.
This exhibition has been organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in partnership with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Kunsthall Rotterdam, and has been curated by the independent curator Enrique Juncosa.
Joana Vasconcelos, I'll Be Your Mirror, 2018. Photo Luís Vasconcelos