PANORAMA - Mónica de Miranda
Panorama is the rst solo exhibition of Mónica de Miranda in Angola, an artist whose multimedia work deals with themes related to geographies of affection, poetics of belonging and the processes of construction of identities.
The Aestheticized Interview with Monica de Miranda
"I believe that the artist can create and talk about art only from his/her subjective position.To have a political responsibility that extends beyond the artistic territory is too much of a burden which could jeopardize the artist's creativity and freedom. In such a case, the art serves a function, becoming a manifesto. Art should not fulfill a function, it should be free." Read all the interview with Mónica de Miranda.
Mónica de Miranda - Portuguese Screen Printing's Center
Approach to the work of the artist Mónica de Miranda in the Portuguese Center of Serigraphy.
C& Interview - Putting the Finger in the Wound
Artist Mónica de Miranda and curator Paula Nascimento have been working together for years. Their latest project leads them back to Angola where de Miranda explores narratives around the Hotel Panorama in Luanda as well as concepts of ownership and power. Paula Nascimento speaks with C& about the subtleties of de Miranda’s art, architectural symphonies and colonial spaces.
Globo Hotel - Mónica de Miranda (PORTUGUESE)
In the heart of Luanda stands the Hotel Globo, a building that marked the heyday of modernist architecture overseas. Now in full decline, the building does not house tourists. In fact, there are very few tourists in Angola. It has become a temporary home for many Angolans from other provinces who come to try their luck in the capital. It has also become the home of many local artists. For Mónica de Miranda, it's also a metaphor.
The Guardian interviews Mónica de Miranda
"Like so many buildings in Angola’s capital, Luanda, Hotel Panorama has been abandoned. It’s a relic of colonial times. Built in the 1960s, the hotel is a landmark of tropical modernist architecture – a kind of African take on Le Corbusier. But its own history has been entirely lost. I have found almost nothing about it in any archive", says artist Mónica de Miranda.
Forbes - A Modernist Paradise Haunted By Ghosts: Mónica De Miranda's Images Of The Hotel Luanda
Despite being a city located in one of the least developed places in the world, the cost of living in Luanda is higher than in London or New York. The reason is the boom in the oil industry and the poor infrastructure that the city has. Hotel Panorama was once one of the most luxurious of the Angolan capital. Today, it is an abandoned building and in a state of decadence. "Panorama explores the connections between the past and present memories of the city, in order to create an awareness of the country’s history and to convey our relationship to history through colonial buildings and the country’s most iconic landscapes.” explains Mónica De Miranda to Forbes.
Buala Magazine – About Monica de Miranda’s 'Panorama' Project
The Panorama project by Mónica de Miranda takes up what the Globo Hotel project was and develops it in detail regarding the geographical, social and historical study of Luanda. Among the historical layers that can be seen in these buildings we can contemplate colonialism, independence, the post-cold war period of the post-civil war ... A complicated framework of memory of the city that could shed light to imagine different futures.