Coração Independente Vermelho #1 [Red Independent Heart #1], 2008
Translucent plastic cutlery, painted iron, metal chain, motor, power supply unit, sound installation

Songs performed by Amália Rodrigues: Estranha Forma de Vida [Strange Way of Life] (Alfredo Rodrigo Duarte/Amália Rodrigues), Maldição [Curse] (Joaquim Campos da Silva/Armando Vieira Pinto), Gaivota [Seagull] (Alain Oulman/Alexandre O'Neill). Authorized by IPLAY - Som e Imagem/(P) Valentim de Carvalho.

340 x 210 x 60 cm

Pinault Collection

Red Independent Heart presents itself in the shape of an enormous 'heart of Viana', the iconic piece of Portuguese filigree, patiently filled in with red plastic cutlery. Suspended from its axis, the work makes a movement of circular rotation, evoking the cycles of life and of the eternal return, accompanied by the sound of three meaningful fado songs, Estranha Forma de Vida [Strange Way of Life], Gaivota [Seagull] and Maldição [Curse], interpreted by Amália Rodrigues, diva of Portuguese music in the second half of the 20th century. The title of the work is taken precisely from a verse of the first of these three fados, written by Alfredo Duarte (Marceneiro) and Amália Rodrigues, whose lyric invokes the conflict between emotion and reason. By multiplying the use of plastic cutlery to the point of abstraction of their original form in order to convert them into a work of art inspired by a precious piece of filigree, the initial referents are transfigured by the suggested new social and artistic schemes, thus exposing the artificiality of the boundaries separating luxury and vulgarity. Red Independent Heart presents itself as a powerful and emotive installation of sound and movement; a diptych dedicated to wealth, love and death, recurring themes in the lyrics of fado.

2019 Exposição teste, Lisbon

2018 Joana Vasconcelos: I Want to Break Free, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg

2013 Joana Vasconcelos, Gucci Museo, Florence

2009 Un Certain Etat du Monde? A Selection of Works from the François Pinault Foundation, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

PIETRZYK, Estelle; CRENN, Julie - Joana Vasconcelos: I Want to Break Free. [Strasbourg]: Éditions des Musées de Strasbourg, 2018. ISBN978-2351251621

BOURGEOIS, Caroline; DENT-BROCKLEHURST, Mollie; ZAPPIA, Francesca - Un certain etat du monde? A selection of works from the François Pinault Foundation. Milan: Skira, 2009.

CHRISTIE'S - Post-War and Contemporary Art. Evening. King Street, London June 30. London: Christie's, 2009.