The renowned Lisbon-based, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (born 1971) investigates mythologies and iconographies to examine matters of gender, class, and national identity. To make her works, mostly sculptures, she re-elaborates familiar objects and images, often employing artisanal techniques and craft-related materials as part of her creative process. Her practice reflects on the tensions between high and popular culture, the private and public spheres, the domestic and the political, tradition and modernity.

Vasconcelos represented Portugal in the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (2013) with a major new project, the Trafaria Praia, in which a cacilheiro, or Lisbon ferryboat, was transformed into a floating pavilion and work. This publication documents it from the initial research stages to the final public unveiling, as well as the intellectual references that inform it, through magnificent full-color photography and essays by the curator as well as acclaimed Portuguese scholars.


Livro Joana Vasconcelos Veneza


Title: Joana Vasconcelos: Trafaria Praia
Publication: September 2013
Pages: 208
Cover: Hardback canvas
Format: 280 x 225 mm
Ilustrations: 98 colour illustrations

Contributors: Miguel Amado, Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida, Francisco Bethencourt, Rosário Salema de Carvalho, Luís Miguel Correia, Carlos Fortuna and Raquel Henriques da Silva
Design: Vera Velez
Photography: Luís Vasconcelos/Bruno Portela

International edition: Éditions Dilecta
Languages: English/French
RRP: 39 €
ISBN: 979-10-90490-33-8

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Portuguese edition: BABEL/Verbo
Languages: Portuguese/English
RRP: 40 €
ISBN: 978-972-22-3098-8

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This limited edition includes a unique version of the azulejo panel Great Panorama of Lisbon 21st Century (Tower of Belém), created upon a section of the azulejo panel featured on the exterior of Trafaria Praia. The panels are numbered and signed by the artist and have Certificate of Authenticity. The edition includes a copy of the book Joana Vasconcelos: Trafaria Praia and is packed in a box made of natural cork.


Livro Joana Vasconcelos Veneza


Livro Joana Vasconcelos Veneza

Great Panorama of Lisbon 21st Century (Tower of Belém), 2013
Viúva Lamego hand-painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles
(12x) 14 x 14 cm | Total dimensions: 42 x 56 cm
Edition of 100 + 10 artist’s proofs (A.P.)


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Pavilion of Portugal
55th International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia


Curator: Miguel Amado


1 June – 24 November 2013

Riva dei Partigiani/Laguna di Venezia

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