I'm your mirror
Joana Vasconcelos

July 20, 2019 – Nov. 17, 2019
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From the summer of 2019 the Kunsthal Rotterdam will present the impressive retrospective exhibition ‘Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror’, featuring the work of the famous Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (1971). In an activist and feminist way, and with a profound respect for Portuguese culture and traditions, she gives reality her own personal twist. Vasconcelos is known for her sharp sense of proportions, masterly use of colour and unusual choice of materials, like household appliances, wall tiles, textiles, medicines, urinals, pans and plastic cutlery.

‘I’m Your Mirror’ will show a large number of sculptures and installations, such as ‘Lilicoptère, 2012’, a gold-plated helicopter decorated with Swarovski crystals and pink ostrich feathers, and ‘A Noiva, 2001 - 2005’ (The Bride), a six-metre high chandelier made of 14,000 tampons. In her work, Vasconcelos is searching for different identities – including those of modern-day women – and the discord that can be found within them. In doing so she is inspired by the traditional crafts of her native country. The result is a seductive, funny, exuberant and sometimes absurdist exhibition in which nothing is ever as it seems.

The exhibition is organised by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in collaboration with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Kunsthal Rotterdam.  

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Lilicoptère, 2012 © Joana Vasconcelos, FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa. Photo: Erika Barahona
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Call Center , 2014-2016, © Joana Vasconcelos, FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa. Photo: Erika Barahona