Mónica de Miranda



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.



PhD Visual Art, University of Middlesex, UK.


MA Art and Education, Institute of Education London, UK.


BA Visual Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, UK.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


PANORAMA, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.


Arrivals and departures, Palácio D. Manuel, Évora, Portugal.


Hotel Globo, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal.


Arquipélago, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal.


Erosion, Appleton Square, Lisbon, Portugal.


An Ocean Between Us, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal.


Novas Geografias, 198 Gallery, London, UK.


Novas Geografias, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal.


Novas Geografias, Imagem HF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Selected Group Exhibitions


UNTITLED, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

Doublethink Double Vision, curated by Alistair Hicks, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France.

Exposição Daqui pra frente: Arte contemporânea em Angola, CAIXA Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A Representação da Figura Humana em Angola, Galeria This is Not a White Cube (TINAWC), Luanda, Angola.

The other when we are not looking, FCT/UNL, Almada, Portugal.


Contemporary African Art and Aesthetics of Translations, Dak'Art Biennale de l’art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal.


Uma Delicada Zona de Compromisso, Quadrum Galeria de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal.


Telling TimeRencontres de Bamako - Biennale africaine de la Photographie, Musée National du Mali. Bamako, Mali.


Ilha de São Jorge, 14th Biennial of Architecture of Venezia, Venezia, Italy.


Coleção Carpe Diem Limited Editions, Galeria Fonseca Macedo, São Miguel, Açores, Portugal.


A visão incorporada - Performance para a câmara, Museu do Chiado (MNAC), Lisbon, Portugal.


Line Trap, Bienal de São Tomé e Principe, São Tomé e Principe.


Além Margem(s), Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal.


L’Art est un sport de combat, Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais, Calais, France.


Do silêncio ao outro Hino, Centro Cultural Português, Mindelo, Praia, Cape Verde.


12º Programa de Exposições, Once upon a time,  Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon, Portugal.


L’art est un sport de combat, Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, France.


Os Livros Dos Outros, Centro de Artes e Cultura de Ponte de Sor, Ponte de Sor, Portugal.


Tirésias - Video de Artistas Made in Portugal, Centro Cultural de España, Montevideo, Uruguay.


She Devil 4. Studio Stefania Miscetti. Rome, Italy.


This location, Mojo Gallery, Dubai, UAE.


Mundos Locais, Centro Cultural de Lagos, Lagos, Portugal.
Do you hear me, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal.


United Nations, Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore.


Independents Biennial Liverpool, UK.



Mónica de Miranda: Hotel Globo. Emília Tavares, E., Miranda, M. Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon. ISBN 978-972-776-446-2

Telling Time, Rencontres de Bamako  Biennale Africaine de la Photographie 10éme edition,  Antawan I. Byrd, Silva, B. Chatap, Y. Kehrer, Berlin. ISBN 978-3-86828-669-4


Ilha de São Jorge - Objects, buildings, Cities, Landscapes and Visions. Vaz Milheiro, A., Serventi S., Nascimento P. Beyond Entropy, London. ISBN:978-989-20-1589-9


Pensão Ibérica.  Roush, P.


Underconstruction.  Miranda, M., Goodwin, P. Direcção Geral das Artes, Lisbon. ISBN:978-989-20-1514-9


Cartography: Artists + Maps. Harmon, K. Princeton Architectural Press, New York. ISBN 978-1-56898-762-0

New Geographies.  Design by Gavin Harry.



Archipelago. French Institute. Port Louis, Mauritius.


Verbal Eyes. Tate Britain. London, UK.


Muyehlekete. Museu Nacional de Arte. Maputo, Mozambique.
Living Together. British Council/Iniva. Tbilisi/London. Georgia/UK.

Biography & Press


Siddons, Edward, Mónica de Miranda’s best photograph: a ruined hotel in Angola, theguardian.com, 13 July 2017.

Balona de Oliveira, Ana, Panoramic in Moving Fragments, or Mónica de Miranda’s Twin Visions of (Un)Belonging, buala.org, 5 July 2017.

Walsh, Brienne, A Modernist Paradise Haunted by Ghosts: Mónica De Miranda's Images Of The Hotel Luanda, forbes.com, 18 June 2017.

Rawley, Lena, A Photographer Travels to Angola to Trace Her Family’s Roots, nymag.com, 12 May 2017


Lenot, Marc, Passé colonial et Prix Photo Novo Banco, lemonde.fr, 22 June 2016



Finalist, Novo Banco Photo Prize, Portugal.

Nominated, Prix Pictet Photo Award, France.





2017Fundaçao Calouste Gulbekian, Portugal.
Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado (MNAC), Portugal.
Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa, Portugal.
Centro Cultural de Lagos, Portugal.