Joana Vasconcelos, who was born in Paris in 1971, is a Portuguese artist living and working in Lisbon. She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s, gaining international recognition for her work specially after participating in the 51st International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2005.
Her work has been featured in several high profile institutions, galleries and museums alike. Recent highlights of her career include Trafaria Praia, a project for the Pavilion of Portugal at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (2013); a solo exhibition at the Château de Versailles, France (2012); and her first retrospective, held at the Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2010). Her current exhibition, “Textures of Life”, is definitively worth mentioning, being presented at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, in Denmark.
Her studio in Lisbon, recently refurbished, is becoming bigger with Joana Vasconcelos’ success. Employing around fifty people, from knitters and seamstresses to engineers and electricians, with every part of the artist's process being overseen here. And it’s pretty scenic too. Joana Vasconcelos’ studio is located on the margins of the Tagus River, in a dock called Bom Sucesso (roughly translatable to Good Fortune). We got to visit different areas of this workspace, discovering how big Joana’s work has become – in dimension and importance. Scroll down for our Inside Studio, which we hope you enjoy.
Exclusive article by Aujourd'hui with photos by Maria Rita.