1971 · France
Breaking from the norm in her striking sculptures that challenge conventions and subvert social norms, French artist Joana Vasconcelos uses her art as a means to raise essential questions while also compelling the viewer to explore the various threads woven together in her work.
Vasoncelos borrows forms from our everyday world in her work and presents them in new ways to highlight their nuances and idiosyncrasies in a profound examination of our world and how we encapsulate it in imagery. Pulling themes from across cultures and social strata, Vasconcelos often returns to themes connected to femininity and womanhood to make powerful statements on gender amidst her dynamic array of references.
Born in 1971, Vasconcelos is based in Lisbon. Beyond books and magazines that have featured examples of her work, Vasconcelos has also been an avid exhibitor of her work for nearly three decades. In addition to her landmark contributions to the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, she has also enjoyed a solo showcase of her work at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as well as her first retrospective exhibition at the Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2010). Examples of her work are included in many notable collections around the world, including the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; the Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain; the FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France; MACE – Coleção António Cachola, Elvas, Portugal; and The Rothschild Collection in the United Kingdom. Vasconcelos is currently represented by several galleries, ranging from the Casa Triângulo, São Paulo to the Gallery Gérard Lasés, Banguecoque in Hong Kong.