Wednesday, August 24

Time Machine & Lilicopter of Joana Vasconcelos at Versailles



Joana Vasconcelos was born in Paris in 1971 but now lives and works in Lisbon. She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. After her participation in the 51st International Art Exhibition– la Biennale di Venezia in 2005, her work became known internationally.


During her a solo exhibition "Time Machine" at the Château de Versailles, France (2012) she introduced the Lilicopter, a beautiful folie mix of Marie Antoinette and helicopter, past and present, feminine beauty and manly machine, fashion and technology coexisting harmoniously.




The Lilicopter exudes a sensual magnetism embodying the kind of beauty one is helplessly drawn to; it's almost alive. Far from shy, dressed up in feathers and crystals, gold and leather inside out, the Lilicopter is a unique creature close to ones heart.



The nature of Joana Vasconcelos’ creative process is based on the appropriation and decontextualisation of pre-existent objects and everyday realities. Her acute sense of scale and mastery of materials and colour challenge the perception of beauty of the quotidian.



Joana explains why she travels in time and places as a result of her personal history and creative mind. Something more we have in common Joana, the relativity of space and time.




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