Susana Mendes Silva
Visual Artist and Performer
Susana Mendes Silva (b. Lisbon, 1972) is a visual artist and a performer. Her work incorporates elements of research and archival practice that leads to the creation of works whose historical and political references become visible as exhibitions, actions and performances that employ a wide variety of media. Her universe considers and reframes different social contexts without ever losing track of the individual's uniqueness. Her psychological intimacy and her voice are often the means for the diffusion and reception of poetic and political messages that call upon them. Susana studied Sculpture at FBAUL (Lisbon, PT), and in the MPhil/PhD Fine Art (Studio Based Research) at Goldsmiths College for which she was awarded a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She has a PhD based in her practice — "Performance as an Intimate Encounter" — by the College of the Arts of the University of Coimbra. Susana is a Professor at the University of Évora lecturing in the Landscape Architecture MA and is a member of i2ADS - Research Institute in Art, Design and Society, Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Porto.