Ana Mendes is a Portuguese visual artist and writer. She studied performance at Goldsmiths College London UK, video at Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, Sweden, and animation film at La Poudriere, Valence, France. Mendes creates works in video, performance, photography, text and installation to speak on subjects such as memory, language and identity. Her videos have been shown at the Sharjah Film Platform (2019), Kasseler Docfest (2018), Belo Horizonte Film Festival, among others. Her previous film On Drawing, won the second prize of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2017, UK.
Recent solo shows include: Chelsea College, Telephone Gallery, London, UK, 2019; Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria; Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria, 2017 and Linden Museum Stuttgart, Germany, 2017. Group shows include: Korean Cultural Centre NY, USA, 2021, (upcoming); Museum Chiloe, Chile, 2018, Lagos Biennial, Nigeria, 2018, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland, 2018. Mendes has been the recipient of numerous awards, nominations and fellowships, including: Jerwood Drawing Prize, second prize winner, London, UK, 2017, Prize of the Jury, honorable mention, MAAT Museum/Fuso Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016; MAC International 2016, finalist, Belfast, UK, 2016; Prize of the Jury Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany, 2014; Akademie Schloss Solitude 2015/17, Stuttgart, Germany; IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017, Fellowship Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal, 2010/11/13/16.