Kitsch and folk culture, everyday objects wrapped up in crochet; Vasconcelos creates objects that on one hand want to democratize art through articles of daily use and on the other hand criticize the consumer himself. Crochet in her works is a symbol of universal language, the women’s language. She demonstrates an antagonism between handcrafts produced in different cultures and consumer goods of modern society.
Vasconcelos’ partly humoristic works, like the chandelier made of OB tampons displayed at the Venice Biennale in 2005, was also exhibited the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul.
Jupiter Artland – the evocatively named sculpture park nestled in a pocket of rural Scotland – has turned a decade old, and opened a fresh season last month with an ambitious new programme. Sprawling across 100 acres of lawns, meadows and woodland on Edinburgh’s fringe, the park is owned, funded and inhabited by collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson.
In March 2015, acclaimed Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos had her first solo exhibition in China at the MGM Macau. Prior to this, she had brought site-specific installations to the Venice Biennale, Versailles (as the first and only female artist), the Tel Aviv Museum and the Manchester Museum. Her works bear quite a few prominent signatures....