With three appearances at the Venice Biennale and major exhibitions at the Palace of Versailles and Manchester Art Gallery, Joana Vasconcelos is undoubtedly one of Portugal’s most high profile contemporary artists. Her style centers on taking feminine objects and placing them into expected contexts – usually with colorful, playful results. ‘My creative process is based upon the appropriation, decontextualization and subversion of pre-existent objects and everyday realities,’ she told The Culture Trip. ‘Lilicoptère’ consists of a helicopter covered in pink ostrich feathers and crystals, originally conceived for her Versailles exhibition. She chose ostrich feathers, she explained, because they were a favorite of Marie Antoinette. Meanwhile ‘Britannia’, which was made for the Manchester exhibition, is a serpentine trail of a seemingly infinite variety of colorful textiles.
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