Autograph, London

Mónica de Miranda: The Island — exhibition opening reception with the artist

22 June 6 - 8pm

Free, booking essential

Join us to celebrate the launch of Mónica de Miranda's new exhibition The Island – contemplating the complex experiences of Afrodiasporic lives, relationships to the land and colonial pasts


Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK

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Guests were warmly invited to a special drinks reception with artist Mónica de Miranda and curators Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy. They were the first to see two new Autograph commissions: a 37-minute film work The Island, and an associated series of photographs from our project Amplify – Stranger in the Village: Afro European Matters, supported by the Art Fund.

Angolan-Portuguese artist Mónica de Miranda's research-led practice is grounded in postcolonial politics in relation to Africa and its diaspora. Her most recent project The Island contemplates the complex experiences of Afrodiasporic lives and Europe’s colonial past. Fusing fact and fiction, The Island explores a long trajectory of black presences in Portugal by bringing together intertwined narratives – drawing on African liberation movements, migratory experiences, and identity formations through a black feminist lens.

Using film and photography, de Miranda deploys the metaphor of the island as a utopian place of isolation, refuge, and escape: a space for collective imaginings that speak to new and old freedoms. Anchored in cultural affinities and ecofeminism, the artist considers soil as an organic repository of time and memory, where ancestral and ecological trauma linked to colonial excavations continue to unfold. The Island urges us to develop a more conscious relationship between our bodies, the past and the lands we inhabit – and all that they hold – towards regenerative possible futures.

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Mónica de Miranda: The Island

Free exhibition, 24 Jun - 22 Oct 2022
Curated by Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy

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Amplify — Stranger in the Village: Afro European Matters

Autograph's new commissioning project considering contemporary Afrodiasporic experiences in Europe, supported by the Art Fund.

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Images: 1) Mónica de Miranda, Tide [detail], from The Island, 2021. Commissioned by Autograph, 2021. Supported by Art Fund. 2) Mónica de Miranda, Whistle For the Wind [detail], from The Island, 2021. Commissioned by Autograph, 2021. Supported by Art Fund. 3) Autograph, photograph by Zoë Maxwell.