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Mónica de Miranda, Sónia Vaz Borges and Vânia Gala will representPortugal at the 60th Venice Biennale with the project "Greenhouse"

Updated: Jun 5

GREENHOUSE, the collective project by Mónica de Miranda, Sónia Vaz

Borges and Vânia Gala, will represent Portugal at the 60th International

Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, an edition which has the

theme "Foreigners Everywhere" and will be on public display between April

20 and November 24, 2024 at Palazzo Franchetti, in Venice.

This project, developed by three artist-curators, Mónica de

Miranda (artist, researcher, curator and artistic director), Sónia Vaz

Borges (militant interdisciplinary historian) e Vânia Gala (choreographer and

researcher), challenges the established logics of artistic production and

representation, which very often reproduce abysmal relations between

curators/artists, creators/critics, art/academia. The project also challenges

monolithic notions of identity, culture, nation and belonging, by

conceiving an alternative way of constructing identity that places the

intersections between ecology, art, and politics at its center, bringing

international debates to a national pavilion. GREENHOUSE is grounded in the strategic complementarity between practice, theory, and pedagogy, defining the exhibition space between experimentation and reflection, based on four actions: Garden (Installation,

Space and Time); Living Archive (Movement, Sound and Performance);

School (Education, History and Revolution); Assemblies (Public and Communities). The project aims to create a "Creole garden" inside Palazzo

Franchetti, taking the form of a sculpture, school, stage and installation,

contemplating discursive and performative actions, and standing as a space

of resistance and freedom, a transdisciplinary living archive. The curatorial

and artistic team proposes a collective action that reflects on the

relationships between nature, ecology and politics, the emergence of

various choreographies from meetings and collaborations between the

public, communities, and artists. It includes a wide range of artistic and

scientific, speculative, and imaginary expressions, bringing multiple voices

from artists and immigrant communities around the theme "we are all

foreigners", thus responding directly to the call from the Biennale's curator,

Adriano Pedrosa.

The Portuguese Official Representation, commissioned by the General

Directorate of the Arts, will be exhibited once again at Palazzo Franchetti,

located on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice, between April 20 and

November 24, 2024.

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