Mónica de Miranda

Mónica de Miranda has family living in Angola, Brazil, United Kingdom and Portugal. The trajectories that the artist constructed throughout her life, that resulted from her journeys and her migratory and diasporic experiences, led her to produce the project Once Upon a Time. Focusing on architectural spaces, the video reflects a concept of the house as a place of arrival and departure, a place of encounter, rest, affections, in sum, as a place of the common – a notion that is, in a postmodern context, seen as fragmented and in permanent redefinition.


Monica de Miranda (Portugal, 1976) holds a BFA from the Camberwell College of Arts (London, 1998), an MA in Arts and Education from the Institute of Education (London, 2001), and a PhD in Visual Arts from Middlesex University (London, 2014), as a grantee from Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia.
Her work has been shown in several countries – like Brazil, Cape Verde, France, Holland, Italy, Mozambique, Portugal, Senegal, Spain and UK – in venues such as: Dakar Biennial (Dakar, 2016); Rencontres de Bamako, African Biennial of Photography (Bamako, 2015); National Museum of Contemporary Art - Chiado Museum (Lisbon, 2015); 14th Biennial of Arquitecture (Venice, 2014); Carlos Carvalho Gallery (Lisbon, 2014); São Tomé e Príncipe Biennial of Art (São Tomé, 2013); Paris Photo (Paris, 2013); Arco (Madrid, 2013); Plataforma Revólver (Lisbon, 2012); Portuguese Cultural Centre (Cape Verde, 2012); Carpe Diem (Lisbon, 2012); Musée des Beaux Arts (Calais, 2011); Cultural Centre of Lagos (Lagos, 2008); Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 2007); 198 Gallery (London, 2007); to name a few.
Mónica de Miranda participated in several residencies, in places such as: French Institute (Maurícias, 2014); Zero Point Gallery (Mindelo, 2013); Hotel Trópico (Luanda, 2012); Capacete (Rio de Janeiro, 2012); Tate Britain (London, 2009); and National Museum of Art (Maputo, 2008). Currently, she develops an artistic research project in the Centro de Estudos Comparatistas from University of Lisbon, entitled Pós-arquivo (2015-2018), within the research group Dislocating Europe. Miranda was one of the co-founders of Triangle Network (Lisbon, 2010) and founder of the artistic research center Hangar (Lisbon, 2014). She is nominee to Novo Banco Photo Prize (2016).

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