Joana Vasconcelos (b. 1971) is an international visual artist with a 25-year career recognized for her large-scale, site-specific installations. Vasconcelos’ career spans nearly three decades, during which time she has created public works of art in over 35 countries and has been featured in over 500 exhibitions. In subject and scale, Vasconcelos’ works demonstrate an intrepid lack of intimidation as she skillfully occupies public space with her monumental installations. Vasconcelos frequently uses items associated with domesticity and craft, including household appliances, and uses traditionally female materials like fabric and crochet, to comment from a feminist perspective. With irony and humor, she creates a bridge between the domestic environment and public space, questioning the status of women, our consumer society, and collective identity. Vasconcelos has exhibited at The Venice Biennale representing Portugal in 2005 and 2013, at the Pinault Collection/Palazzo Grassi in 2011, and at Versailles in 2012, the first and to date the only female to be exhibited. That show was the most visited in France for the past 50 years, attracting over 1.6 million visitors. In 2018 Vasconcelos was the subject of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Bilbao, I’M YOUR MIRROR was one of the world’s most viewed shows in 2018, placing 4th place on the Art Newspaper’s annual «Top 10» contemporary art exhibitions.
She has had solo exhibitions and projects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, United Kingdom (2020); MAAM – MassArt Art Museum, Boston, USA (2020); Kunsthal Rotterdam (2019); Museu de Serralves, Porto (2019); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France (2018); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (2016); 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2015); Waddesdon Manor – The Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (2015); Manchester Art Gallery, United Kingdom (2014); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2013); Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal (2013); CENTQUATRE, Paris, France (2012); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2011); Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2009); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2008); Palazzo Nani Bernardo Lucheschi, Venice, Italy (2007); The New Art Gallery Walsall, England (2007), CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain (2006); Passage du Désir/BETC EURO RSCG, Paris, France (2005); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2003), Museu da Eletricidade, Lisbon, Portugal (2001); and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2000).
Her work is represented in various private and public collections, including Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon; Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain; City of Lisbon; City of Paris; Domaine Pommery, Reims, France; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France; Fundação EDP, Lisbon; Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection, Yerevan, Armenia; MACE – Coleção António Cachola, Elvas, Portugal; MUSAC, Léon, Spain; Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the Pinault Collection, Paris and Venice; and The Rothschild Collection, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.