Autograph, London

Our Journey Began Centuries Ago:
In Conversation with Mónica de Miranda


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Discussing the strategies one of Europe's leading contemporary artists has used to articulate liberation from the matrix of colonial power

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An opportunity to share an intimate journey through the work of one of Europe's leading contemporary artists. Angolan-Portuguese artist Mónica de Miranda's research-led practice is grounded in postcolonial politics in relation to Africa and its diaspora. Her new exhibitionThe Island contemplates the complex experiences of Afrodiasporic lives and Europe’s colonial past, exploring a long trajectory of black presences in Portugal.

This gallery conversation with the artist will throw light on the key themes that underpin de Miranda's art, such as the military coup in Portugal in 1974 and the impact of this event on Portugal's colonial empire and the long conflict that emerged and transformed Angola into a major theatre in the Cold War. The artist will be joined by curators Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy, discussing the strategies de Miranda has employed throughout her work to assist in the articulation of liberation from the matrix of colonial power.

This event will take place in the gallery surrounded by the Mónica de Miranda: The Island exhibition, and has a very limited capacity. We will end with an audience Q&A.

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Mónica de Miranda: The Island

Autograph, London
Free, 24 Jun - 22 Oct 2022

A new exhibition contemplating the complex experiences of Afrodiasporic lives, relationships to the land and colonial pasts

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Mónica de Miranda

is an Angolan-Portuguese visual artist, filmmaker and researcher who works and lives between Lisbon and Luanda. Her work – which incorporates photography, video, drawing, sculpture and installation – investigates postcolonial politics of geography, history, and subjectivity in relation to Africa and its diaspora through a critical spatial arts practice. Often conceptual and research-based, De Miranda is interested in the convergence of socio-political narratives, gender, and memory at the boundaries between fiction and documentary.

De Miranda is affiliated with the University of Lisbon where she is engaged on projects dealing with ethical and cultural aspects of contemporary migration movements linked to lusophone Africa, such as Post-Archive: Politics of Memory, Place and Identity, and Visual Culture, Migration, Globalization and Decolonization.  She holds post and undergraduate degrees in art and arts education from Camberwell College of Arts and the Institute of Education in London, and a doctorate in Visual Art from the University of Middlesex. De Miranda is a co-founder of the artist residency project Triangle Network in Portugal and in 2014, she founded Hangar – Center for Artistic Research in Lisbon

Her works have been exhibited internationally, including at the 12th Berlin Biennale (2022); Bienalsur – International Contemporary Art Biennial from the South (2020); Houston FotoFest Biennial (2020); Lubumbashi Biennale (2020); Dakar Biennale (2016); Bamako Encounters African Biennale of Photography (2016); and the 14th Architecture Biennale of Venice (2014) as well as in museums and galleries such as the Pera Museum in Istanbul (2017) and Caixa Cultural in Rio de Janeiro (2017). Her work is represented in public collections including The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon, Portugal.

You can follow the artist on Instagram and see more of De Miranda's work on her website.

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Renée Mussai

is a London-based curator and scholar with a special interest in Afro-diasporic, black feminist and queer lens-based arts practices. She is Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection at Autograph, where she has, for almost two decades, advocated for a diverse constituency of contemporary artists and co-commissioned a range of artistic programmes. She curates, publishes and lectures internationally on photography, curatorial care and visual activism. 

Mussai is also Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg; Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London, and regular guest curator and former Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

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Mark Sealy

Professor Mark Sealy OBE is interested in the relationship between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of Autograph (London) since 1991 and in his role as director has produced artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide. Mark is Professor of Photography Rights and Representation and a core member of UAL's Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC).



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Amplify — Stranger in the Village: Afro European Matters

Mónica de Miranda was commissioned to create new work for our project considering contemporary Afrodiasporic experiences in Europe, supported by the Art Fund

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Banner image: Mónica de Miranda, Mother and Daughter, from The Island, 2021. Commissioned by Autograph. Supported by Art Fund.

Page images: 1) Mónica de Miranda, Whistle for the Wind, from The Island, 2021. Commissioned by Autograph. Supported by Art Fund. 2) Mónica de Miranda. Courtesy Mónica de Miranda. 3) Renée Mussai. Courtesy Renée Mussai. 4) Mark Sealy. Photo credit: Steve Pyke. 5) Autograph, London. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell. 6) Mónica de Miranda, Dressage [detail], from The Island, 2021. Commissioned by Autograph. Supported by Art Fund.