ARTISTIC SUSTAINABILITY – BEYOND GREEN
On 17 September 2021, in the context of its internationalisation strategy, Joana Vasconcelos Foundation welcomes a program of events which aims to create and enhance creative dynamics of social responsibility on a global scale. REBOOT: Artistic Sustainability – Beyond Green includes a talk with Ai Weiwei and Joana Vasconcelos regarding the relationship between visual arts and political and social activism. The program also includes a series of debates focused on issues of sustainability, transformation and digital colonisation, financing and cultural management, and the new configurations of the visual arts ecosystem, as well as its impact on the daily lives of populations, with leading figures of the art world, aiming to support scholarship art students in international institutions.
JOANA VASCONCELOS OR ART'S REENCHANTMENT
French philosopher, sociologist and university professor, Gilles Lipovetsky is one of the world's leading references on thought concerning contemporary society’s post-modern transformations. A self-confessed admirer of the Portuguese visual artist, Lipovetsky wrote with Jean Serroy «Joana Vasconcelos or Art’s Re-enchantment», which has just been published by Almedina publishers. Available in Portuguese edition at the bookshops and online.
Just Imagine People United
«The visual arts, like music, can be vehicles for peace, so it was a special experience for me to create the drawing for the cover of “Just Imagine People United”, following the invitation by Nuno Olim Marote. Just as it was a privilege to feel the harmony in the encounter with Vincent Lyn, through martial arts and meditation: to find an admirable man, available to the universe and to others. His serenity and his generosity are reflected in his music, on behalf of peace.”
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
The name of the scholarship holder benefiting from the grant awarded by the Joana Vasconcelos Foundation in partnership with the University of Évora this year has been revealed. It goes to Francisco de Carvalho Nunes Martins da Costa, attending the 3rd curricular year of the Design degree in that institution.
«Zero waste means finding the balance, reaching stability between what we consume and what we return to the planet», Joana Vasconcelos explained, as Stella McCartney launched her “A to Z Manifesto” for the sustainability of the planet, involving major names within art and fashion.
“We share the same values. We both love tradition, craftsmanship and care for the environment.” When Artistes à la Une challenged Joana Vasconcelos to pick a muse for inspiration, she immediately thought of Stella McCartney. And went on to create "Pearly Gates" through a collage of fabrics from her latest collection and sequin applications.
«Music has always been a huge part of my life. To the extent that it often finds its way into my sculptures, from the Portuguese Fado to Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" or Bizet's "Carmen". Therefore, I'm delighted to take part in this project that brings together a social cause and the love of music», clarified Joana Vasconcelos.
This month, Street Animals association launches the Solidarity Diary 2021 and Quinta das Águias Calendar, with the collaboration of 28 Portuguese personalities - such as artists Joana Vasconcelos, Vhils, Wasted Rita, architects Siza Vieira and Souto de Moura or broadcaster Nuno Markl - who embrace the animal cause.
“Ten years ago, I was the first artist to take part in "Art Arrives to Colombo" with "Independent Heart". And as time went by I have seen many artists, and especially young artists, creating fantastic pieces for the public space of the Central Square. Therefore, it is an honor for me to participate as an ambassador in this new cycle that aims precisely to discover and value new talents.” Joana Vasconcelos is the ambassador for the "Art Arrives to Colombo" award.
"I am used to thinking big scale and monumental sculptures, so when this small, transparent cube arrived, it felt like a huge challenge (laughs). But a challenge I was happy to embrace to help raise funds for THe Cure Parkinson's Trust. I decided to create a textile piece using the structure of a blossoming flower, following the colours and structure of the chakras, with their healing powers", Joana Vasconcelos explained.
PLEDGE TO PEACE
As the world celebrates the “International Day of Peace” we strengthen the commitment made when we signed the “Pledge to Peace”. We believe peace and culture should go hand in hand. We aim to continue to promote peace within ourselves, our team and the world around, on a daily basis, with kind thoughts and positive action. Care to join us?
Support for arts education is what moves forward the scholarships granted for five years now by the Joana Vasconcelos Foundation, in partnership with the University of Évora. This year, the scholarship holders are Júlia Kovács and Maria Frias Vila Lobos, attending the second year of the master's degree in “Artistic Practices in Visual Arts” and the second year of the degree in “Visual and Multimedia Arts” respectively.
A Arte de Viver by Joana Vasconcelos
The French furniture brand Roche Bobois challenged Joana Vasconcelos to reinterpret some of its most emblematic pieces, including the iconic Mah Jong sofa. The result is a unique collection, where the artist uses the materials and techniques that characterise her work to grant a sculpture-like dimension to the pieces of Roche Bobois.
A JOANINA – LIMITED EDITION AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT FUNDAÇÃO JOANA VASCONCELOS
A Joanina, created by Joana Vasconcelos on the occasion of the 140 years of Topázio, is available in a limited edition, numbered and signed.
SUSPENSION — LIMITED EDITION BY JOANA VASCONCELOS NOW AVAILABLE
Fundação Joana Vasconcelos is selling a limited edition of 100 high quality prints of Joana Vasconcelos’s drawing, inspired by the artist’s work Suspension — commissioned by the Sanctuary of Fatima on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions.