Joana Vasconcelos was born in 1971. She lives and works in Lisbon. She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. After her participation at the 51st International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2005, her work became known internationally. Recent highlights of her career include Trafaria Praia, 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); participation in the group exhibition The World Belongs to You at the Palazzo Grassi/François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2011); and her first retrospective, held at the Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2010).
Vasconcelos has had solo exhibitions and projects at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (2015); Waddesdon Manor – The Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (2015); Manchester Art Gallery (2014); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2013); Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon (2013); CENTQUATRE, Paris (2012); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, -Denmark (2011); Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2009); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2008); Palazzo Nani Bernardo Lucheschi, Venice (2007); The New Art Gallery Walsall, England (2007), CaixaForum, Barcelona (2006); Passage du Désir/BETC EURO RSCG, Paris (2005); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2003); Museu da Eletricidade, Lisbon (2001); and the Museu de Arte Contemporãnea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2000).
Vasconcelos has participated in numerous group exhibitions in institutions such as Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2015); Kulturhuset Stadteatern, Stockholm (2014); Shanghai Sculpture Space, Xangai (2014); Grand Palais, Paris (2013); FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2013); ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2012); the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC (2011); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2010); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2009); FRAC Île-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris (2008); MUDAM, Luxembourg City (2007); Istanbul Modern (2006); MUSAC Léon, Spain (2005); Stenersenmuseet, Oslo (2004); MARCO, Vigo, Spain (2003); Mücsarnok, Budapest (2002); and the XXVI Bienal de Arte de Pontevedra, Spain (2000).