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Barco da Mariquinhas [Mariquinhas' Boat], 2002
Industrial tiles, fibreglass, wood

40 x 111 x 236 cm

Private collection, Seoul

The geographic location of Portugal - peripheral in regard to the centre of Europe, but outlined by an extensive maritime coast - has enabled the development of a deep and meaningful relationship between the Portuguese and the sea. This assumed geographical and historical circumstance is revisited in the piece Barco da Mariquinhas [Mariquinhas' Boat], which comprises a row-boat covered in commonplace tiles with varied patterns, normally used to line the interiors and exteriors of many Portuguese homes. The improbable association between kitsch tiling and the small boat, along with the title derived from the poem "A Casa da Mariquinhas", rendered popular in several different versions for Fado, draws us to the metaphor of the sea as being the home of the Portuguese, but not before attributing to it a derisive and a profound paradoxical meaning.

2011 Joana Vasconcelos, Gallery Seomi, Seoul


2010 I Will Survive, Haunch of Venison, London


2009 Café Portugal, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra


2008 Café Portugal, Design Factory, Bratislava


2007 Yellow Brick Road, Palazzo Nani Bernardo, Venice


2007 A Ilha dos Amores, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna


2006 Toison d'Or, Galeria NovaOgiva, Óbidos


2005 Joana Vasconcelos, Passage du Désir/BETC EURO RSCG, Paris


2004 I Lusas, Casa de America, Madrid


2004 A Duas Agulhas, TREM Galeria Municipal de Arte, Faro


2004 Marquise, Galeria 111, Porto


2003 Alguns Fragmentos do Universo - Continuação 5: Obras da Colecção da Fundação EDP, Centro Cultural Emmerico Nunes, Sines


2003 Todas las Direcciones, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville


2002 Arte Lisboa 2002, Feira de Arte Contemporânea, (Galeria 111), FIL-Feira Internacional de Lisboa, Lisbon


2002 F.A.T., Fátima.Azulejos.Tricot, Galeria 111, Lisbon


LIPOVETSKY, Gilles,et al - Joana Vasconcelos. Porto: Livraria Fernando Machado, 2011.


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