Mónica de Miranda

Mónica de Miranda (born Porto, 1976) is a Portuguese visual artist, photographer, filmmaker, and researcher of Angolan ancestry who works on postcolonial issues of geography, history, and subjectivity mostly related to Africa and its diaspora. Her mediums include photography, mixed media and video. De Miranda first became known for her photographic documentation of the ruins of modern hotels in post-war Angola, and of its sociopolitical significance.[1][2][3][4] Her photographic series, videos, short films, and installations have been internationally exhibited at art biennales, galleries, and museums, some of which keep her work in their permanent art collections.[5][6][7][8] Her work has been reviewed in specialized art sources.[9][10][11][12]

Mónica de Miranda

Miranda was born in Porto and is based in Lisbon since 2009.[13][14][15]


De Miranda graduated as a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Camberwell College of Arts, London, in 1998. She completed an MSc in Art and Education at the Institute of Education, London, in 2000, and obtained a PhD degree in Visual Arts and Multimedia at the University of Middlesex in 2014 (Thesis: Geography of Affections: Tales of Identity, Diaspora and Travel in contemporary arts).[16] She pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Lisbon between 2015 and 2018.[17]


De Miranda is affiliated to the University of Lisbon, Centro de Estudos Comparatistas, Faculdade de Letras, where she works as a researcher, in projects dealing with sociocultural and political aspects of contemporary migration movements linked to lusophone Africa. Among such projects are Post-Archive: Politics of Memory, Place and Identity, and Visual Culture, Migration, Globalization and Decolonization.[17][18][19]

During her multiyear stay in London prior to 2009,[15] she collaborated with researchers at Goldsmiths College[20] and the Institute of International Visual Arts.[21] In projects involving Tate Britain, she worked with underprivileged adolescents in schools and community centres in the boroughs of Peckham and Brixton.[22]

In Lisbon, she is a co-founder of Xerem, a cultural association that runs a programme of international residencies and workshops for artists[23] and is part of The Triangle Network;[24] She is also a Director and artistic coordinator at Hangar, an art research center in Graça founded in 2014 .[25]

Founder of the Project Hangar at the Center of Artistic Research in Lisbon.[26]

Further details of De Miranda's career can be found online.[27]


Mónica de Miranda's exhibition at Sabrina Amrani gallery, 2020

De Miranda's work is research-based and looks at the convergence of politics, gender, memory and space.[28] Her works typically consist of video, photography and installation, which frequently register the artist's view on urban and peri-urban, Luso-African landscape and associated contemporary and colonial history.[29] Her works have been shown at art biennales including the Dakar Biennal, Bamako Biennal & Bienal de Sur, galleries, and museums including the Berardo Collection Museum (Lisbon 2016),[13] the Pera Museum (Istanbul 2017)[30] the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado (MNAC, Lisbon 2014),[7] the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Lisbon 2019),[5] and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon 2020).[6] The latter three museums, as well as the Lisbon Municipal Archive,[8] the PLMJ Foundation,[31] and the Centro Cultural de Lagos[32] keep De Miranda's pieces in their permanent art collections. Her pieces have been nominated to the Novo Banco Photo Award (2016),[33] and the Novos Artistas Award of Fundação EDP in 2019.[34] Her exhibition Geografia Dormente was nominated to the Best Photographic Work of the Authors Prize – 2019 by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores.[35] Substantial critique of De Miranda's artwork can be found online, where she has been regarded as an artist whose work crosses borders and outlines a landscape of plural identities, inspired by her own experience of an increasingly itinerant culture.[33][36][37] Monica's images are lyrical, performative, and contemplated quiet moments that offer a kind of solace...very reflective and melancholic, has written Marigold Warner, Associate Online Editor at the British Journal of Photography when reviewing De Miranda's artwork.[11]

Her best known pieces include Panorama,[2] Hotel Globo,[38] Contos de Lisboa,[39] and Circular do Sul.[40] Her work has been reviewed in specialized art sources such as New York,[9] L'Œil de la photographie,[10] British Journal of Photography,[11] and Aesthetica Magazine.[12]

De Miranda's oeuvre has been the subject of study of a number of academic works, examining aspects such as her sarcastic photography,[41] the deep sociopolitical meanings behind her films,[42] the aesthetics of fragmenting, moving and doubling in her photographic installations,[43] and her influence on contemporary Portuguese videoart.[44]


Mónica de Miranda's exhibition at Carlos Carvalho gallery, 2014
  • Nov 2004 - The Search For Identity, group show, Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Doncaster, UK[45]
  • Feb 2005 In the Bag!, group show, Brixton Art Gallery, Brixton, London[46]
  • Apr 2013 – Private Lives, group show, Caiscais Cultural Center, Cascais, Portugal[47]
  • Jun 2014 – Ilha de São Jorge, 6-film exhibition shown at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice. Italy[48][49]
  • Oct 2015 - Telling Time, group show, Rencontres africaines de la photographie 10th edition, Bamako, Mali[50]
  • Jul 2015 – Hotel Globo, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon[38]
  • Sep 2015 O Reverso da Convivência, group show, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon[51]
  • May 2016 – 12th Dakar Biennale, Dak'Art – Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal[52]
  • Oct 2016 - Bienal de Fotografia Vila Franca de Xira, group show, Galeria Paulo Nunes, Lisbon[53]
  • Dec 2016 – Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia[54]
  • Feb 2017 – Field work, 3 finalist show, Novo Banco Photo Prize, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon[55]
  • Mar 2017 – Lejour qui vient, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France[56]
  • Jun 2017 – Atlantic – A Journey to the center of the earth. solo show, Galeria Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain[57]
  • Nov 2017 – AKAA, Also Known As Africa Art Fair, group show, Carreau du Temple, Paris, France[58]
  • Jan 2018 – Transfer, solo show and residence, Académie des Beaux Arts de Kinshasa, República Democrática do Congo[59]
  • Ago 2018 – Daqui Pra Frente – Arte Contemporânea em Angola, Caixa Cultural Brasília, Brasil[60]
  • Sep 2018 – Tomorrow is another day, solo show, Carlos Carvalho – Arte Contemporánea[61]
  • Nov 2018 – Geografia Dormente, solo show, Galeria Municipal de Arte de Almada, Portugal[62]
  • Nov 2018 – Panorama, solo show, Galería do Banco Económico, Luanda, Angola.[63]
  • Mar 2019 – Fiction and Fabrication, group show, Museum of Art Architecture and Technology, Lisbon[5]
  • Oct 2019 – Bienal Sur, group show, Guayaquil, Ecuador[64]
  • Nov 2019, Taxidermy of the Future, two artist show, VI Bienal de Lubumbashi, Congo[65]
  • Dec 2019 - Taxidermy of the future, group show, National Museum of Natural History, Luanda, Angola[66]
  • Feb 2020 Twins (from series Cinema Karl Marx) – group show Partidas e Chegadas – Artistas em Viagem, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon[67]
  • Mar 2020 – African Cosmologies, group show, Fotofest Biennial. Houston, USA.[68]
  • May 2020 – Contos de Lisboa, solo show, Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa, Lisbon[39]
  • Dec 2020 – Deconstruction/Reconstruction, Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid[69]

The above list does not necessarily include all of De Miranda's exhibitions.


De Miranda's publications[70] include the following books and book chapters:

  • De Miranda, Monica (2005), Changing geographies: art without borders : participation, collaboration and interaction in socially engaged arts (Thesis).[71]
  • De Miranda, M. & Tavares E., (2017),Geography of affections, 2012–2016, Ed. Tyburn Gallery, ISBN 978-989-99810-0-3[72]
  • De Miranda, Mónica, Hotel Globo, chapter 13 in (Re)imagining African independence : film, visual arts and the fall of the Portuguese empire. Piçarra, Maria do Carmo, 1970-, Castro, Teresa, 1952-. Oxford, 2017 ISBN 978-1-78707-318-0[73]
  • De Miranda, Mónica, (2018), Atlantica : contemporary art from Angola and its diaspora. (1st edition ed., 2019). Lisbon, ISBN 978-989-20-8810-5[74]


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  42. ^ Jayawardane, M.N. (2019). "38". Reconciliations at Sea: Reclaiming the Lusophone Archipelago in Mónica de Miranda's Video Works. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers. pp. 505–531. ISBN 9791036538070.
  43. ^ Balona de Oliveira, Ana (2019). "Panoramas de Fragmentos Móveis, Ou Visões Gémeas de (Des)Pertença na Obra de Mónica de Miranda". Revista Vazantes. 3 (1): 5–16. ISSN 2594-5491.
  44. ^ Videoarte e filme de arte & ensaio em Portugal = Video art and art & essay in Portugal. Guarda, Dinis. Lisboa: Número – Arte e cultura. 2008. ISBN 978-972-97705-8-6. OCLC 939134996.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
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  71. ^ De Miranda, Monica (2005). Changing geographies: art without borders : participation, collaboration and interaction in socially engaged arts (Thesis). OCLC 1166647960.
  72. ^ De Miranda, Monica (2017). Geography of affections, 2012–2016. London, UK: Tyburn Gallery. ISBN 978-989-99810-0-3.
  73. ^ (Re)imagining African independence : film, visual arts and the fall of the Portuguese empire. Piçarra, Maria do Carmo, 1970–, Castro, Teresa, 1952–. Oxford. 2017. ISBN 978-1-78707-318-0. OCLC 995175909.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  74. ^ Atlantica : contemporary art from Angola and its diaspora. Miranda, Mónica de (1st ed.). Lisbon. 2018. ISBN 978-989-20-8810-5. OCLC 1101939623.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)

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