Mónica de Miranda was born in 1970 in Porto, Portugal. She currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal.
Working in photography, mixed media and video, de Miranda deals with themes of geography and identity, expressing quiet visions of personal history and exploring the poetics of belonging. She received her PhD in Visual Art from the University of Middlesex in 2014, having previously completed a Masters in Art and Education at the UCL Institute of Education in London, as well as a BA in Visual Arts at Camberwell College of Arts.
A researcher as well as an artist, she is the founder of the Project Hangar at the Centre of Artistic Research in Lisbon, as well as helping to found the Triangle Network, an artistic residency project. In 2016, the artist was nominated for the Novo Banco Photo Prize (Portugal), as well as being shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Photo Award (France).
Solo shows include Arrivals and departures (2016) at the Palácio D. Manuel in Évora, Portugal, Hotel Globo (2015) at the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon, Arquipélago(2014) at Galeria Carlos Carvalho , Lisbon, Erosion (2013) at Appleton Square, Lisbon, and An Ocean Between Us (2012) at Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, as well as her 2008 show Novas Geografias, which travelled to 198 Gallery in London, Imagem HF in Amsterdam, and Plataforma Revólver in Lisbon.
As an artist of Angolan descent, de Miranda identifies as an artist working in the African diaspora, and her work has resonated strongly in exhibitions such as Contemporary African Art and Aesthetics of Translations at the 2016 Dak’Art Biennale of African Contemporary Art in Senegal, and Telling Time at the 2015 Rencontres de Bamako Biennale of African Photography in Mali. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions across Portugal and France, and as far afield as Singapore, the UAE, and Latin America, as well as being featured at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2014).
The artist has participated in various residencies such as Artchipelago (French Institute, Mauritius, 2014), Verbal Eyes (Tate Britain, London, 2009), Muyehlekete (Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo, 2008), and Living Together (British Council/Iniva, Georgia/London, 2008). Her work is part of a number of collections, including that of the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado (MNAC), the Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa, the Centro Cultural de Lagos, and the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbekian.